Driver CPC is to get a makeover to see how it can be improved and help the driver shortage.
The government made the announcement as part of 30 measures to support the road haulage sector.
In addition, the plans are designed to encourage more drivers to return to the profession.
Specifically, the Driver CPC review will be informed by input from a different parties.
For example, representatives of drivers, road transport operators and employers will be involved.
Furthermore, trainers and road safety groups will also be part of the process.
The review will explore a number of different scenarios.
For example, it will consider whether different training requirements should apply for more seasoned drivers .
In addition, the current requirement for 35 hours’ (five working days’) periodic training will be reviewed.
Essentially, consideration will be given to spreading the training over a five-year period.
Meanwhile, other areas up for discussion are the duration of the training courses and the scope of the Driver CPC.
Currently, courses last a minimum of seven hours (or split into 3.5 hour session across two days).
In terms of the scope, the inclusion of non-professional drivers will be reviewed.
Finally, Driver CPC qualifications obtained in the EU will be discussed.
The review will look at whether they should continue to be recognised in the UK for drivers moving here to work and live.
Importantly, industry leaders have told the government that Driver CPC needs reform.
In addition, many drivers have been vocal in the need for the whole process to be addressed.
Driver CPC aims to keep driving standards high, however, some drivers are left to pay for the training themselves.
In addition, they are not paid while attending their training course.
Recommendations from the review will made by the end of the year.