If you’re not familiar with the term “grandfather rights,” it may sound peculiar, but it holds significant relevance in the realms of CPC and HGV driving. Often referred to as “acquired rights,” grandfather rights are granted to individuals already working in an industry when there are changes to the legal qualifications required for practicing that would impact those already employed. While these rights can be applicable in various industries, this post will focus solely on their relevance to driver CPC certifications.
What Is CPC?
CPC, short for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, is a credential aimed at professional drivers operating freight and passenger vehicles. Its creation can be attributed to the European Union’s Directive 2003/59, which mandates continuous training for drivers throughout their careers.
It is important for drivers to undergo training that is approved and complete 35 hours of authorized training within a span of five years. This ensures the development of their skills and knowledge in the field. However, there are some drivers who will have CPC Grandfather Rights.
The Importance of Grandfather Rights in This Situation
As the CPC was implemented, it became mandatory for all drivers of large goods vehicles to obtain the CPC qualification in order to continue working in their profession. This requirement had the potential to temporarily remove a significant number of drivers from the road, posing a risk of significant and lasting consequences.
Fortunately, due to the existence of Grandfather rights, those drivers could continue performing their jobs while meeting the criteria of the new qualification if they so desired. According to the law, it was not mandatory for everyone to obtain a CPC; only new drivers were required to do so.
Who Needs CPC?
As a knowledgeable reader in a neutral setting, I want to inform you about the acquired rights for large goods vehicle drivers and bus/coach drivers who obtained their licenses before specified dates. If you hold a license for Cat C, C1, C+E, or C1+E acquired prior to September 10, 2009, you are eligible for grandfather/acquired rights. Similarly, if you possess a license for D, D1, D+E, or D1+E as a bus or coach driver obtained before September 10, 2008, you can also apply for grandfather/acquired rights.
To legally operate as professional drivers of goods and passenger vehicles, all individuals, except for a few exceptions, must satisfy the requirements to obtain a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.
Nonetheless, individuals who are not required to have the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) are still obligated to undergo 35 hours of training every five years. This is a legal prerequisite for all professionals operating commercial vehicles, regardless of the CPC requirement. Although the CPC qualification may not be necessary, mandatory training remains an essential obligation.
Consequences of Neglecting Training
Neglecting to comply with this requirement constitutes a significant violation of regulations, which may lead to severe repercussions in your professional career. If you currently possess a license permitting the operation of both goods and passenger vehicles, obtained prior to the specified dates, there is still an opportunity to avail yourself of Grandfather rights or obtain a driver CPC certification.
At Easy as HGV, we understand the value of grandfather rights in mitigating the impact of new laws.
They provide individuals with the opportunity to adapt without fearing penalties. Whether you choose to pursue your Driver CPC qualification through conventional means or by leveraging grandfather rights, our experienced instructors are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out to us for further information or if you have any inquiries.