DfT recognises FTA's message on DCPC


DfT recognises FTAs message on DCPC
The Department for Transport has acknowledged the Freight Transport Association’s submission on Driver CPC, recognising that industry – not politicians – is best placed to identify driver training needs.
The DfT has urged the EU to retain a flexible approach, to help ensure drivers can receive effective and relevant training, stating that if regulation was thought to be a way of improving professionalism in the industry, more compulsion in the Driver CPC framework was not the answer. 
In his letter to European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said the “culture of the road haulage and passenger transport industries is fundamental to good, safe working practices. I want to encourage the industry to make the most of the DCPC requirements, and having flexibility allows choice and encourages ownership.”
The FTA’s Head of Road Freight & Enforcement Policy James Firth commented: “The Minister has recognised the importance of flexibility in the driver training regime, to ensure that drivers receive effective and relevant training. The FTA will be working closely with the Department for Transport once negotiations on changes to the Directive begin in Brussels in the coming months.” 
“Any changes would not come into force until 2018 at the earliest, and we believe improvements can be made to DCPC which don’t require changes at the European level.”