Professional drivers wanting to make a return to the industry can bypass Driver CPC training and sit part of the initial qualification instead in an effort to solve the driver shortage.

It means that drivers with acquired rights who did not complete their 35 hours periodic training by September 2014
can now sit modules two and four of the initial qualification and gain their driver qualification card (DQC).

In an email to one driver trainer, the DVSA said: “Since the acquired rights deadline has passed the DVSA has received requests from members of the public who wish to return to vocational driving, asking how they can obtain a DQC.

“The DVSA has considered these requests in the context of the government’s desire to support driver recruitment and reduce the potential burden to the industry and has decided that they will now allow drivers with a full licence to gain their first DQC via either periodic training or completion of modules two and four.”

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