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Changes to DQC expiry date rules

Changes to DQC expiry date rules

If you’re an HGV driver, you’ll be aware that certain road transport rules have been relaxed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But are you up to date with the latest information around Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) cards, also known as Driver Qualification Cards (DQC)?

You may already know that if your DQC is due to expire between February 2020 and August 2020, you’ve got an automatic extra seven months before you need to complete your further 35 hours of training and renew your card.  You don’t need to apply for this extension, and you won’t be issued with a new card.

All EU countries are obliged to recognise this automatic extension, so you can continue to drive around Europe so long as you carry your DQC. 

But you should note that the rules around DQCs which are due to expire in September 2020 have now changed back again. 

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that there are now enough periodic training courses available, so if your DQC is due to expire after the end of August 2020, you must take CPC training and renew your card.

CPC training is available remotely on online video platforms from approved providers.

If you’re found to be in breach of the rules, you could face a £1,000 fine. 

Stay up to date

Remember: since the outbreak of Covid-19, there have been temporary changes in the UK and EU to a number of road haulage rules, including drivers’ hours and tachographs. 

Make sure you stay on the right side of the law throughout the Covid-19 pandemic by keeping an eye on the Government guidance.

How have the changes to road transport rules during the Covid-19 pandemic affected you and your business?

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