What is a Driver Qualification Card?
You will receive a driver qualification card when you have completed all four steps of a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). This acts like a non-commercial driving license and proves that you can legally drive as your main source of income.
How do I get one?
To gain a driver qualification card, you are required to complete your initial qualification which consists of a practical and a theory test. This must be followed up with 35 hours of periodic training which will need to be taken every five years. If you are based in the Cambridge area, why not contact D&A to find out how we can help you.
What happens once I have one?
You must carry your driver qualification card (DQC) while driving a large vehicle – both passenger transport and haulage. You will be fined if you are found to be driving professionally without a card when you are required to have one. It is permitted to drive professionally without a card if you have completed the required training but are waiting for the driver qualification card (QDC) to be delivered to you.
A driver qualification card is valid for five years. You must do 35 hours of training every five years in order to hold a driver qualification card. If you do not do this, your Driver CPC card will no longer be valid and you cannot legally drive a large vehicle as your professional source of income.
As of 2015, all professional drivers are required to have a valid CPC card proving that they have completed the required training within the last five years.
Training is required every five years and involves 35 hours work of classroom training. Book your training with D&A here.
If you drive an articulated lorries, tipper trucks, bin lorries, heavy construction equipment, and buses or coaches, you will need to be Driver CPC certified.
If you’re based in the Cambridge area, or further afield, get in touch!