1. Overview

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

You must get the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) initial qualification if you’re new to professional driving and want to drive a lorry, bus or coach.

You’ll get a driver qualification card when you qualify. You must keep this with you when you’re driving professionally.

You can be fined up to £1000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC.

There are some situations when you don’t need Driver CPC.

Existing professional drivers

You’ll have Driver CPC through ‘acquired rights’ if you were already a professional bus or lorry driver before certain dates.

Keeping your Driver CPC

You’ll need to do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver CPC.

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