Irish – Driver Certificate of professional competence (Driver CPC)
Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, professional bus and truck drivers may encounter some difficulty in undertaking their annual CPC training at the current time.
Directive 2003/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council lays down rules applicable to the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers. Those drivers must hold a certificate of professional competence and must prove they have completed the periodic training by holding a driving license or a driver qualification card, on which the training is registered. Due to the difficulties in completing the periodic training and in renewing certificates of professional competence certifying that training as a consequence of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, which started as of 1 February 2020 in some Member States, it is necessary to extend the validity of those certificates for six months after their expiry date, in order to ensure the continuity of road transport.
It is important to note that no new or replacement cards will be issued with the new temporary expiry date.
Drivers will then be required to complete any outstanding periodic training. On completion of the required training, renewal Driver CPC card’s will be issued as normal with an expiry date of 5 years from the date of expiry of their current Driver CPC card.
This is not an amnesty for drivers who did not take training and allowed their CPC cards to expire.