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Is Driver CPC enough to maintain positive driver behaviours?

Is Driver CPC enough to maintain positive driver behaviours?

Fleets that view further driver behaviour programmes as an investment can position themselves ahead of their competition.


The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is the initial qualification motorists need to acquire if they want to drive a lorry, bus or coach. It shows that a person is proficient behind the wheel of these larger vehicles.

One-size-fits-all approach

Recently, the Driver CPC has come under scrutiny. The Freight Transport Association highlighted the fact that the ultimate aim of the qualification should be to ensure all drivers have the necessary skills to perform their jobs correctly, but it should not be restrictive.

James Firth, head of road freight and enforcement policy at the FTA, said when the initial European directive was issued, many responsible vehicle operators had already been looking to raise transport health and safety standards by developing their drivers' knowledge and skills.

He added: "The problem with one-size-fits-all is it usually becomes one-size-fits-nobody-very-well. If the specific training content is defined by politicians - either in Brussels or Westminster - we run the risk of every driver investing time and money on redundant training. There is certainly a challenge still in engaging drivers fully with DCPC, but insisting upon irrelevant training is a sure-fire way to alienate them further."

There is also another issue with training being based on a single licence, the only long-term criteria of the Driver CPC is that a driver must do 35 hours of periodic training in the country they normally work in every five years to keep their certificate.

After a company has employed a Driver CPC-qualified person what then? Do they just let their employees stagnate for five years or deprive them of their chance to progress professionally? There are still huge benefits for fleets to gain by further investing in the development of their staff with additional driver behaviour schemes.

Continual improvement

Fleets who invest in driver behaviour management beyond the industry standard can help elevate themselves above the competition in a number of ways.

Save money - Rising diesel fuel prices are having a major impact on both transport and logistics and bus and coach fleets. Companies that provide the training and technology to allow their staff to become more fuel efficient in the way they drive can take control of their fleet spend. Any money they save from this internal improvement will directly benefit the business and increase profit margins on a long-term basis.

Drivers who act economically are also more likely to be involved in fewer accidents and reduce the wear and tear on vehicles, both of which can substantially reduce the amount of money that fleets need to spend.

Improve reputation - As stated, continual driver behaviour improvement and monitoring can help drivers lower the chances that they are involved in a road traffic accident. Improved safety records are a great distinguisher that positions one company above another when competing for new contracts. Drivers and fleets that use GPS technology can even make clients aware of the exact location of their goods or staff - something that can be highly prized in certain industries.

Greater morale - Drivers are at the sharp end of the fleet sector; they are the ones who apply theoretical knowledge acquired via training and seek to transform it into real-world improvements. If driver training is only focused on one event every five years, the knowledge can easily be forgotten. Fleets that monitor and incentivise their own driver behavioural training can help keep their drivers engaged and motivated, aiding their own professional development and improving the whole organisation.

 

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