Driver CPC training must be completed for all new and existing professional HGV drivers (over 3,500 Kgs.) Periodic training for existing and initial training for new entrants. New entrants have to pass four modules to be awarded a Driver CPC card (DCPCQC.)
Modules one and two represent the theory part (comprising multi choice, Driver CPC case study and hazard perception.)
Module three is the driving test and module four, the practical demonstration examination. Module 4 is dealing with scenarios and situations a professional HGV driver may experience in his/her daily working life. No driving is required however an approved training vehicle is needed to demonstrate answers.
This post is the 2nd in a series looking at Module 4 typical questions and answers. Post 1 looked at section 1 of 5, how to check your vehicle for overloading.
Module 4, topic 2 of 5
Topic 2. Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
As a professional driver of a heavy goods vehicle you are liable for making sure that no contraband (tobacco, alcohol, narcotics) or illegal immigrants are carried on your vehicle. Therefore as a competent driver you must be able to carry out a comprehensive search of your vehicle.
Likely question the Examiner may ask:
Your vehicle has been parked at a busy ferry port. You have just returned to your vehicle from a tea break and suspect your vehicle may have been tampered with. Can you tell me what appropriate checks would you carry out?
Suitable reply could be
My search would begin at the front of the vehicle. In and around the engine compartment (check water washer bottle, battery area and anywhere items could be hidden.)Check wind deflectors, lockers, hatches, wheel arches, suspension, between the axles (front and rear), underneath and on top of vehicle. Inside drivers cab including under and behind seats, glove compartments and all cubby holes. Open fuel cap and check nothing inside. Check for tears or cuts if curtain sided vehicles, check all TIR cord and padlocks are secure and have not been tampered with. Open up the back of the vehicle and check inside. Check around spare tyre compartment.
It is very important to demonstrate your answers to the examiner using the vehicle provided. Just telling the examiner your answers on its own will not suffice.
You will need a score of at least seventy five percent to pass this section. Your local training provider can arrange your test and supply professional training to help you get the result you need.