Driver CPC came into force on September 10th 2099 (HGV.) It’s a new mandatory qualification for professional LGV drivers. It applies to both new and existing Drivers (of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.)
New entrants must attain the Initial Driver CPC qualification, which comprises of 4 modules.
Module 1 and 2 (multi choice, hazard perception and Driver CPC theory)
Module 3 (practical driving test)
Module 4 is the practical associated knowledge exam. No driving is required (suffice for the rolling break check.)
A suitable vehicle (DSA test approved) must be used.
The test will be carried out a DSA approved practical test centre and take 20-30 minutes to complete.
The Examiner will set you a number of scenarios (normally 5 questions) and you must explain your answers using a test spec vehicle. Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting “typical questions and answers” that you may come across on your module 4 test.
Module 4, topic 1 of 5
Ability to load a vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use:
You need to demonstrate
That you know the weight limits of your vehicle, including The GVW, axle weight/s and gross train weight.
You must be able to explain what indications you can see that the vehicle may be improperly loaded or overloaded.
Also show how to distribute any load that you intend to carry on your vehicle safely,
That it is secured with the correct restraining device/s and will remain stable on the road
Typical question the Examiner may ask:
Can you tell me what checks would you carry out to ensure this vehicle was not overloaded?
Typical answer would be
I would check the suspension springs did not appear overloaded.
I would check the ride height of the vehicle.
I would make sure there was sufficient clearance between wheel arches and wheels.
I would check for bulges in the tyres.
With twin wheels (at rear) I would check to ensure the tyres were not touching.
I would stand approx 10 feet behind the vehicle and check to see if it was overloaded on one side.
If in doubt I would take to the vehicle to a weighbridge for checking.
The next post will cover topic 2 of 5, Security of the vehicle and contents.
In the meantime why not check out our other Driver CPC questions and answers blog?
As the test is practical you will need a suitable vehicle and suitable training to achieve the result you want.
Use our search facility to find a reputable training provider in your area.