From 10 September, the Periodic Driver CPC training comes into effect, whereby all lorry drivers (with very few exemptions) will have a maximum period of five years in which to gain their full certificate in Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) if they want to continue to drive for a living, explains Nic Allen of the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Better commercial drivers will improve road safety, which can only improve the image of businesses, including commercial bakers. Existing drivers will have to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years, while there are special courses for new drivers.

The DCPC epitomises lifelong learning, ensuring skills are maintained and developed throughout the driver’s working life. This compulsory training will cover subjects such as loading, drivers’ hours, defensive driving, and fuel consumption. The latter will no doubt interest businesses looking to extract more value from their supply chains and will help companies reduce their carbon footprint.

By now, bakeries with an in-house transport function should have a plan in place to ensure the introduction of the new requirements is as smooth as possible.

This may seem daunting to the under-prepared, but help is out there. For more information, contact the FTA on 08717 112222 or email