We cannow confirm that both drivers AND operators risk being fined up to £1000 EACH if drivers do not carry their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) whilst driving professionally after September 2014.
BySeptember 2014 lorry drivers, with “acquired rights”, will need to obtain aDriver CPC, which requires completing 35 hours of periodic training before this date. On completion of 35 hours training, drivers will be sent a DQC to prove they hold the Driver CPC.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has also stated that drivers will be legally required to carry their DQC whilst driving professionally. Not carrying the DQCwhilst driving professionally or failing to produce it when asked to so by the police or VOSA enforcement officers will be an offence, as will be driving without a Driver CPC.
The DSA announcement that both drivers and employers face fines of up to £1000 each if a driver does not carry a DQC card whilst driving sends out a strong message –it enforces the seriousness of Driver CPC. With employers at risk too, the responsibility for completing 35 hours of training cannot just lie with the driver anymore.”