Driver CPC new extension arrangements
Government advice to drivers who hold a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) has changed. New extension rules are now in place. Please read this very carefully.
If your Driver CPC card (or DQC) renewal date falls between 1st February 2020 and 31st August 2020, you have an additional 7 months from the date of its expiry to complete your 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training.
This means that if your DQC expired on 1st February 2020, you must complete your 35 hours of Driver CPC training and renew it before 1st September 2020. After this date it will no longer be valid and you may not drive until it is renewed.
If your expiry date was 1st March 2020, you will have until 1st October 2020 to renew it, after which date it will not be valid and you may not drive until it is renewed.
Further examples: Drivers whose DQC expired on 14th April 2020 now have until 14th November 2020 to renew. Those whose DQC expired 21st May 2020 have until 21st December 2020, those whose card expired on 7th June 2020 have until 7th January 2021, and so on. If your DQC expired on 31st August 2020, you have until 31st March 2021 to renew it.
However, if your DQC expires between 1st September and 30th September 2020 YOU NO LONGER HAVE AN EXTENSION. You must complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training and renew your card before its expiry date – or you will not be legal to drive.
If your expiry date was between 1st February 2020 and 31st August 2020 – you have an additional 7 months to complete your training and renew your card. Just add 7 months to your expiry date and that is your new card renewal deadline. You must complete your training and obtain a new card by then.
If your DQC expiry date is on or after 1st September 2020, you do not have an extension. You must renew your DQC as normal, so you must complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training before the expiry date displayed on the card.
It is essential that you are aware of your individual expiry date and that you complete your 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training in good time, so that you can renew your card and remain legal to drive.
Story By: Novadata
Date : 05-08-2020