Haulage firms and driver agencies across the country have raised fears that there could be driver shortages due to new driver training requirements.
New law requirements mean that drivers will need to undergo additional training to be able to continue to drive any vehicle that weighs over 3.5 tonnes. The problem is that either drivers do not know of the deadline or are completely ignoring it.
There has been a shortage of awareness for the soon to hit 10th of September deadline for each HGV operator to pass the training to be accredited with the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. This DCPC training course requires each driver to undergo 35 hours of intense training before they can get their Driver Qualification Card that allows them to drive vehicles that weigh more than 3.5 tonnes.
Just a Few Weeks Left
It has been made apparent that with just a few weeks left for drivers to take the training course, there are close to 100,000 drivers that are yet to have done so. This is despite CPC training centres reporting that they have had the space to accept more drivers and that each course is never full.
Many believe that it is the lack of awareness on the deadline that has caused this issue. More needs to be done to make sure that those that are required to have this license in time are told about it and warned that this could have a serious effect on their careers going forward if not done in time.
It is believed that if awareness is not boosted about this upcoming deadline or if the deadline is not moved back, it could result in a huge shortage of haulage drivers. This would impact the industry on a massive scale as drivers without the Driver Qualification Card would not be legally allowed to drive their vehicles and they would also not be covered by any haulage insurance.
Big Impact Expected
The impact of this could be huge not just on the haulage industry but on many others that rely on it. To suddenly be short almost 100,000 haulage and agency drivers will mean that inevitably goods and products will not be able to be transported to where they need to go, not in the most efficient of ways anyway.
It will be interesting to discover how this all works out because with their only being a small number of weeks left, it is highly likely that not all will be able to get their training done in time. The only other option would be to put the deadline back a month and let those know that have not taken the training course in no uncertain terms that they will have to take part or lose the ability to drive their vehicles.