Enhancing Road Safety in the EU

Commercial drivers, not just in the UK but anywhere in the world, need to be trained properly for them to be able to transport items or passengers while being on the roads for several hours. There are well established training schools for providing LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) training. Though the progress may have been a bit slow in the year 2020 due to COVID-19, it has started to gather momentum now. Institutions that provide LGV training have instructors for HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) training as well.

Now it is true that unless a trainee drives an actual truck in the real world, it will never be possible to understand the concepts well. Those being the case, basic concepts are being conveniently taught through LGV training online through many driving school websites. Each instructor from a reputed school has several years of experience as an LGV driver. Their experience is simply invaluable to all students.

CPC as a Standard Requirement for Driving CVs

Driver CPC certification is now essential for driving a bus, lorry, or coach in the EU (European Union). Drivers holding both Category C and Category D licenses need to get CPC training as per law. CPC is short for “Certificate of Professional Competence”.  With its introduction across Europe, the Government plans to maintain a high driving standard and improve road safety.

How Long Does CPC Last?

Once taken, the driver CPC holds good for a time period of 5 years. To ensure that the CPC is retained after the deadline, drivers have to complete 35 hours of training. Completing the course itself takes a period of 2 months in the regular mode and 3 months in the part time mode. This time period includes the tenure for examinations and completion of case studies.

Every future CV driver must understand that no commercial driving license can be given without the above initial qualification. The reputed training schools make the students move through the qualification and training within a few weeks.

CPC certification is absolutely essential for drivers of the following vehicles:

  • Bin Lorries
  • Tipper Trucks
  • Coaches- Regional and Continental
  • Heavy Construction Equipment
  • Regional and Local Buses
  • Articulated Lorries


Individuals performing the following duties are exempted from CPC:

  • Driver of a minibus with a seating capacity less than 19
  • Vehicle being driven for non-commercial or private transportation of goods
  • Purpose of driving is to test a new vehicle
  • Vehicle is being driven in emergency
  • Purpose of driving is for a driving test or lessons
  • Vehicle is being driven 50 km from the person’s base and without goods or passengers

Difference Between LGV and HGV

In terms of the training, there is no difference between the two. HGV denotes an unladen weight of over 7.5 tons for a British truck. On the other hand, LGV is used to describe a European truck that weighs the same.

Excellent Job Placement

The top training institutes also provide suitable job placement. This adds value to the life of every individual who joins such a training course.

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