CPC threatens UK driver shortage

London: A delay training drivers to standards demanded by an EU directive could result in a driver shortfall by 2014.

Mick Jackson, chief executive of Skills for Logistics estimates that UK truck drivers will be almost 30% short in terms of completed driving hours by 2014. This means a significant shortage of qualified drivers he said speaking at a conference on the new directive at the House of Commons last week,

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification reflects an EU directive 2003/59, which states that all truck drivers with Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) and Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licenses must complete a minimum of 35 hours of specialist training before September 2014, and every five years after they achieve the qualification.

Chris Sturman, chief executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation told FoodManufacture.co.uk the regulation could harm small to medium-sized firms and the haulage industry, due to potential driver shortfalls and training costs: a course for one driver at a certified centre costs £1,500. He said companies should be doing more to prepare for the implementation of the directive.

Beverly Bell, a traffic commissioner for the North Western Traffic Area warned that operators would be called to a public enquiry if drivers did not complete the course.

WORLD NEWS

Daimler Trucks goes electric

Stuttgart, Germany: Daimler Trucks plans a range of electric trucks for urban distribution and long-haul transport and has launched a concept vehicle to demonstrate the …

READ THE FULL STORY >

Krone boosts telematics services

Werlte, Germany: Trailer maker Krone and Shippeo, which makes automated tracking systems, have partnered to provide real-time estimated time of arrival (ETA) for Krone’s trailer …

READ THE FULL STORY >

European Cold Chain Conference set for Rotterdam in November

Rotterdam, Netherlands: The 23rd GCCA European Cold Chain Conference is scheduled for 23 – 25 November 2020 at the Hilton Rotterdam. The conference for temperature controlled professionals will see …

READ THE FULL STORY >

Polish pharma firm opens new warehouse

Głogów. Poland: Polish pharmaceutical company Arra Group has opened a new temperature-controlled warehouse in Poland near Poznań. The company says the warehouse is in a …

READ THE FULL STORY >

WHAT’S ON

  • Cold Chain Insight
    Cold Chain Insight into Energy, 16-20 November – the first of the new virtual insight series

Latest Tweets

This year's Cold Chain Leaders report (formerly Top 25) shows that @Culina_Group took the number one slot. Read what the chief execs say about 2020 plus tables on turnover, fleet size etc: bit.ly/3mYi3GF #logistics #SupplyChain #Coldchain pic.twitter.com/m4SMVG8DNp

© 2020 Global Cold Chain News | Terms of use | Privacy Policy
Commercial Transport Publishing Limited, registered in England and Wales, Company No: 6453302. Registered Office: 6 Corunna Court, Corunna Road, Warwick CV34 5HQ