Having considered the GB approach to support driver recruitment, the Department of Environment (DOE) has decided to adopt similar procedures which will come into effect from 5 October 2015.
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in GB periodically received requests from members of the public, who wished to return to vocational driving, about how they can obtain a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). DVSA considered these requests in the context of the Government’s desire to support driver recruitment and reduce the potential burden to the industry and as a result, decided to allow drivers with a full licence, issued before the introduction of Driver CPC (acquired rights drivers), to gain their first DQC via either periodic training or completion of modules two and four of the testing process.
Therefore, from 5October 2015 drivers with acquired rights (Category D1 and D issued before 10 September 2008 and category C1 and C issued before 10 September 2009) who have never held a DQC will be allowed to choose how they obtain their DQC by either taking the module two and four test or 35 hours periodic training. This provision will apply to a driver’s first DQC only – any subsequent renewal will require periodic training to be completed as per the standard process. It is envisaged that this will have very limited impact on approved trainers as it is anticipated that more drivers may enter the industry and as such the demand for Driver CPC periodic training will ultimately be increased.