Three-quarters (76%) of drivers have not completed the full 35 hours CPC training required of them by 2019, with nearly half of drivers (49%) still at least 14 hours short.
That’s the finding of new research from training specialist Fleet Source, which also shows classroom-based training is the preferred way of delivering CPC training, with 40% of drivers agreeing with this method compared to half day courses, online modules, videos and Toolbox Talks.
The survey also found 96% of respondents are concerned for vulnerable road users around their vehicles and ‘Vulnerable Road User’ is the most attended training course by drivers. However, drivers voted ‘Vehicle road worthiness’ as the most important training topic in their opinion.
The survey also revealed that drivers are not always confident in recognising relevant agencies or bodies. With only one in ten (11%) drivers being totally confident that they know what identification undercover police should carry. And only 28% being totally confident of being able to recognise a legit highways officer.
“The research suggests that more can be done to support and protect commercial drivers,” said Nick Caesari, managing director at Fleet Source. “It also reveals that drivers want to be trained and would welcome new courses.”