FOR MANY professional lorry drivers in the UK the deadline to complete their driver CPC periodic training and maintain their current card is approaching.

Drivers who haven’t already done so, need to make sure they have completed 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, professional drivers of lorries will still need a valid CPC to continue to operate in the UK.

It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Drivers can check how much training they’ve done and when they’ll get their next Driver CPC card using the online driver enquiry service. Drivers can also give their employer temporary access to their training record.

Drivers cannot drive professionally unless holding a valid DQC and they could be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without a valid DQC.

• Remember all commercial trailers over 750kg must be registered to travel through some mainland European countries.