4. When you don’t need Driver CPC

You might not need Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), even if you’re driving a large goods vehicle or passenger-carrying vehicle. It depends on:

  • the vehicle
  • what the vehicle is being used for

Vehicles you can drive without Driver CPC

You don’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:

  • being road tested after repair, maintenance or technical development
  • new or rebuilt and not been put into service yet
  • limited to a top speed of 28mph

Vehicle uses where you don’t need Driver CPC

You don’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:

  • used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use
  • used to carry material or equipment you use for your job - but driving the vehicle can’t be the main part of your job
  • used for driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC
  • used by, or is under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • used in states of emergency or for rescue missions
  • driven to or from pre-booked appointments at official testing centres
  • driven within 50km of your base, is not carrying passengers or goods, and driving a lorry, bus or coach is not your main job

You can read detailed examples of Driver CPC exemptions.