Driver Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC) regulations have been introduced to comply with European law (EU Directive 2003/59/EC) which changes the way in which professional drivers of Buses and Lorries are to be trained. The regulations apply to new and existing drivers. The Driver CPC regulations have been in force in Ireland for Professional bus/coach drivers since the 10th September 2008 and for lorry drivers since the 10th September 2009.
- Ensuring all professional drivers have good driving and safety standards and that those standards are maintained throughout their career.
- Creating a common standard for the training and testing of drivers throughout the EU
- Reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Irish roads. The RSA’s target is for Ireland to have one of the lowest casualty rates in Europe.
If you do not hold a full bus or lorry licence and want to become a professional bus or lorry driver, you must complete the following four Driver CPC Initial Qualification examinations:
- a two hour multiple choice theory test,
- a two hour case study theory test,
- a 90 minute driving test and
- a 30 minute practical test (show and tell)
To maintain your Driver CPC, you must complete 35 hours of periodic training for five years following qualification (one day per year)
When you have passed the two Driver CPC theory tests, the driving test and practical test you will be issued with a Driver CPC qualification card.
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