More than 300,000 professional drivers have completed their Driver CPC periodic training, the latest Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (previously the Driving Standards Agency) shows.
As of December 2013, 305,324 drivers had completed 35 hours of compulsory training and triggered their Driver Qualification Cards (DQC). November's figure was 291,421.
Of the estimated 750,000 professional PCV and LGV drivers required to undergo CPC training by this September, the data reveals 694,638 have now engaged with the training process (November: 680,175).
However, this also means that up to 55,000 drivers are yet to do any training, with just nine months to go until the deadline.
There have been almost 70,000 DQCs issued for Initial Qualifications to new drivers that have joined their repective industries since September 2008/09, a marginal increase over November's 67,714.
Earlier this month exclusive Commercialmotor.com research suggested this September's Driver CPC deadline would likely lead to a driver shortage.
December’s Driver CPC figures (breakdown of hours completed by drivers)
7 hours – 90,584
7.5 to 14 hours – 76,811
14.5 to 21 hours – 88,012
21.5 to 28 hours – 129,504
28.5 to 35 hours – 274,369
(More than 35 hours 35,358)