Amendments to certification are welcomed by Logistics UK

Logistics UK
Logistics UK (the new name for FTA), has reacted positively to the changes to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) by government, which became effective 22 July 2020.  As James Firth, Logistic UK’s head of road freight regulation says;
“It is now important that any changes made to the laws governing what is already a highly regulated industry should acknowledge that no two drivers are the same and provide capacity for tailoring training to meet individuals’ needs.
“During the negotiating process, the representative body ensured that any changes did not make the DCPC overly prescriptive,” he said, “and we are pleased that the ability to identify what training a professional commercial vehicle driver needs remains with industry – be that employer or driver themselves – rather than with politicians.”

Biggest change since inception
The changes to the certification, which cover amendments to minimum qualifications, training standards and the delivery of periodic training, as well as exemptions for drivers in specific industries, are now in force in the UK.  The new directive has not imposed training rigidly – as it was feared it might – but now emphasises the importance of adapting and tailoring training to the individual’s own role, including relevant legal and technological developments, and remedial training as appropriate – mirroring the way the Directive has historically been implemented in the UK.
The most noticeable change will be the inclusion of a new flexibility around e-learning.  Courses will be able to be designed to allow delegates to take up to two hours of a seven-hour course as e-learning content the day before a classroom session.
“This is the biggest change in delivery of Driver CPC since its inception in 2008,” continues Firth. “We will see how the training industry takes the option up, but we are pleased to see DVSA is looking for new ways of allowing delivery within the constraints of the Directive.”
Logistics UK has stressed that the term “e-learning” should not be confused with “distance learning” or “remote learning” which has been deployed as part of the emergency response to the Coronavirus outbreak. DVSA has indicated that it will next examine the continued use of distance learning in Driver CPC in September.
Name change reflects representation
More detailed information on the changes can be found in a member briefing note produced by Logistics UK, whose name change from FTA was originally planned for earlier in the year but postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis to focus on supporting members. David Wells, chief executive at Logistics UK, commented at the time;
“FTA is strong because of its size and scale and because we already represent all of logistics, a very large sector critical to the success of UK plc. The name change to Logistics UK is a natural progression and makes it more obvious to stakeholders, like policymakers and young people looking to develop a career in logistics, that we are the only business group that represents the whole industry. I believe this change will strengthen our position and give us a great opportunity to achieve even more for members in the months and years to come.”
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