3 in 4 drivers are yet to complete their 35 hours required CPC training
Only 24% of drivers have completed the full 35 hours CPC training required of them by 2019, with nearly half of drivers (49%) still at least 14 hours short.
The research of commercial drivers and operators unveiled that over 52% of the respondents welcome training as they feel it helps them to be a better driver, and over half would like to see new industry courses introduced. And despite the reputation of one-day, classroom based training, this is the preferred way of delivering CPC training over half day courses, online modules, videos and Toolbox Talks, with 40% of drivers agreeing with this method.
The survey was carried out by a leading training provider for the road transport industry. It revealed that 83% of the drivers surveyed have been driving professionally for ten years or more.
96% of respondents are concerned for vulnerable road users around their vehicles and ‘Vulnerable Road User’ is the most attended training course by drivers. However, drivers voted ‘Vehicle road worthiness’ as the most important training topic in their opinion.
The survey also revealed that drivers are not always confident in recognising relevant agencies or bodies. With only one in ten (11%) drivers being totally confident that they know what identification undercover police should carry. And only 28% being totally confident of being able to recognise a legit highways officer.
The research showed that not all drivers are sure if they have certain policy and procedures in place for key risk factors when being on the road. 1 in 3 drivers said they didn’t or didn’t know if they had policies and procedures in place when it comes to ‘where to’ and ‘where not’ to park, and 31% say they didn’t or didn’t know if they had policies and procedures in place for the security of keys.
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