Validity of DQC extended by 7 months

Validity of DQC extended by 7 months

Forward post from DVSA – Validity of DQC extended by 7 months

Extension of expiry dates

Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification. This is evidenced by a Driver CPC card.

The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.

The validity of DQCs with expiry dates from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020 has been extended by 7 months. If the expiry date on your card is in this period, you should add 7 months to that date to calculate the new expiry date.


  • A DQC with an expiry date of 1 February 2020 is now valid until 1 September 2020.
  • A DQC with an expiry date of 1 July 2020 is now valid until 1 February 2021.

You will not be issued with a new card to reflect the new expiry date.

You must continue to carry your DQC.

Periodic training – DQC with an expiry date from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020

The 7 month extension to the validity of your DQC gives you an extra 7 months to complete your 35 hours of periodic training. You have 5 years and 7 months from the date your current CPC became valid to undertake this training.


  • Your DQC validity has been extended from 30 June 2020 to 31 January 2021. This means periodic training undertaken from 1 July 2015 counts towards the 35 hours of training you must complete by 31 January 2021 to renew your DQC.

Enforcement arrangements

DQC with an expiry date from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020

On 31 March 2020 DVSA gave notice that, subject to review, it did not intend to carry out enforcement action against drivers from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020 if their DQC expired during this period.

This gave these drivers up to 29 extra days to complete their periodic CPC training if this was disrupted due to COVID19.

This notice has been rescinded and enforcement action will be carried out from September in relation to DQCs expiring after 31 August, as there are now enough periodic training courses available for drivers whose DQC expires in September 2020 to renew their DQC before then.

If your DQC expires from September 2020, you must not drive until it is renewed. You could face a £1000 fine if you drive without a valid DQC.

Where this applies

All EU countries are obliged to recognise the extension of your DQC. You must carry your DQC when carrying out international road transport.

Remote training

Training is available remotely from commercial providers, via online video platforms. The department encourages drivers to continue to undertake training wherever possible, but not as an activity that needs extra travel and only in compliance with general government advice.

Details of all approved periodic training are on the JAUPT website.

Check your training record

You can find out here how much periodic training you’ve already completed.

Never held a Driver CPC but has acquired rights, or Driver CPC expired before 1 February 2020

If you have never held a Driver CPC and have ‘acquired rights’, or your Driver CPC expired before 1 February 2020, you can complete 35 hours of periodic CPC training to get your Driver CPC.

Some periodic CPC training is currently being delivered remotely.

Further information

Contact if you have any questions.

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remote driver cpc training

Remote Driver CPC training introduced!

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on the road transport & logistics industry in a variety of ways, TMconsultant has now introduced Remote Driver CPC Training to help drivers complete their periodic training.

The Government has advised there should be no classroom-based Driver CPC training until 21st June 2020, which has created a problem for HGV drivers whose Driver Qualification Card (DQC) runs out before then.

Some periodic Driver CPC training providers can now offer online training and here at TMconsultant we have introduced remote driver CPC training to all our consortium members.

All our courses are suitable for online driver CPC training so there won’t be much difference, only drivers will be in a virtual classroom! Our consortium members will be using It’s really easy to use, just log on, go to and wait for your trainer to give you a code to join the class.

Nick Wilson our founder said “this is a critical time for all of us and it’s important now more than ever we keep our drivers on the road ensuring our logistics operations keep running. Those drivers who may have retired and would like to get back on the road, will need to ensure they are appropriately trained and therefore will require their 35 hours periodic driver CPC training. As we need to be self-isolation as much as possible, remote driver CPC training is obviously the answer.”

Consortium members offering remote DCPC are below. Just give them a call or get in touch for more information.


Mike Ray
Email –
Tel: 01256 351581

AI 3D LTD CM01885/55

Alexandru Florian Iliescu
Tel: 07413618869

Tick-Box Training Solutions CM01885/20

Simon Boal
Tel: 07401135764

Buddies Driver CPC Trainers CM01885/32

Chris Budd
Tel: 07401135764

RWH Transport Consultancy LTD CM01885/60

Ryan Waddingham-Horsley
Tel: 07803851728

AG Training (Driver CPC) CM01885/58

Adrian Evans
Tel: 07906874876

Prospect Training and Recruitment Ltd CM01885/16

Jak Anjin Jaxon
Tel: 07561 826200

ASM Driving Training Ltd CM01885/57

Adam McNee
Tel: 07935322749

Letter of approval

Please click on the link below to see our letter of approval.

DCPC Remote Delivery Authorisation – 01885

TMconsultant pass their FORS Bronze audit

TMconsultant pass their FORS Bronze audit

TMconsultant pass their FORS Bronze audit with flying colours. As a FORS pre-audit service provider, TMconsultant completes an audit each year “so we can practice what we preach” says Steve Hammond, our chief FORS Consultant. “We want to demonstrate (to our clients) that our products work. Taking the FORS Bronze audit shows we hold a certain level of compliance, show we fully understand the audit process and help us understand more about how we can improve and grow ourselves.”

FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme which promotes best practice for vehicle operators. It encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.

“We use exactly the same pack we provide to all our FORS Help clients”, continues Steve. “As they are templates, we need to make some adjustments and tailor them to fit with our company policies and procedures”.

Need help with FORS?

TMconsultant offer a no-fuss, easy and affordable FORS Help solution to help you attain your FORS Bronze accreditation. For more information get in touch!

FORS Help Package

Full Pre Audit Package

  • Pre audit full package – £1500.00 + VAT – Includes any requisite documents or the complete FORS Help package
  • Seperate visit – £375 + VAT 
FORS Bronze, Revision to D4 Managers Training

FORS Bronze, Revision to D4 Managers Training

Back in October, we explained how you can pass D4 and what manager training would help you obtain your FORS V5 accreditation. Since the implantation of these rules, FORS has a revision to D4 Managers Training requirements which we will explain below.


Our previous blog (FORS Bronze manager training D4 are you ready?) detailed that Manager training for the Transport Manager (or appointed responsible person) must be completed by no later than the 1st January 2020. However, for reasons unknown to us, (but we suspect that it is because so many operators have failed their audits since the 1st January 2020 on D4), FORS have made a U-turn with a revision to D4 Managers Training.  They are now allowing manager training to be booked and paid for, for a future date. The Operator must provide evidence of a booking confirmation and paid invoice at the time of audit. The Operator will still receive a minor action point against D4, but essentially this will be a pass.

What does this mean?

It means that you can still pass your upcoming audit even if you do not fully conform to the requirements of D4, the only proviso being that if you evidence a booking confirmation, but do not actually complete an approved managers course (listed below) by the time of the next audit, that minor action point will automatically become a major action point and you will fail your future audit.

What can I do?

Simple, get the training booked and paid for & evidence this at your audit. You can choose from the list of approved courses below.

The preferred Courses:

  • Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence
  • FORS Professional Fleet Management Essentials
  • FORS Approved Training course on fleet management (The ONLY FORS approved MANAGER courses are here
  • Transport Managers CPC refresher.
  • OLAT (Operator License Awareness Training) courses –  the approved companies can be found here, under Fleet Management training.

Or FORS will accept:

Operator licence awareness courses delivered by professional bodies that are referenced in the Senior Traffic Commissioner Statutory Documents 1 and 3 are automatically FORS Approved. These professional bodies are:

  • British Association of Removers
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • Freight Transport Association
  • Institute of Road Transport Engineers
  • Institute of Transport Administrators
  • Road Haulage Association
  • Society of Operations Engineers

* Please note that neither eLearning nor FORS Practitioner will cover this requirement if your organisation holds an Operator license. If your organisation does NOT hold an Operator License, then working towards FORS Practitioner or obtaining FORS Practitioner qualification meets the requirement of D4. Any two workshops from workshops 1/2/3/4/5/6 will meet this training objective.

Need help with FORS?

TMconsultant offer a no-fuss, easy and affordable FORS Help solution to help you attain your FORS Bronze accreditation. For more information get in touch!



new rules for signs on motorways

New rules for signs on motorways

From today 25 July 2019 there are new rules for signs on motorways. The Highway Code rule 258 has been updated to provide details about red ‘x’ signs on motorways.

The changes are to reflect amends made to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 regarding lane closures.

Rule 255

Motorway signals (see ‘Light signals controlling traffic’) are used to warn you of a danger ahead. For example, there may be an incident, fog, a spillage or road workers on the carriageway which you may not immediately be able to see.

Rule 256

Signals situated on the central reservation apply to all lanes. On very busy stretches, signals may be overhead with a separate signal for each lane.

Rule 257

Amber flashing lights. These warn of a hazard ahead. The signal may show a temporary maximum speed limit, lanes that are closed or a message such as ‘Fog’. Adjust your speed and look out for the danger until you pass a signal which is not flashing or one that gives the ‘All clear’ sign and you are sure it is safe to increase your speed.

Rule 258

Red flashing lights. If red lights flash on a signal and a red “X” is showing, you MUST NOT drive in the lane shown as closed beyond the signal. This applies until you pass another signal indicating that the lane is no longer closed, by displaying the word “End” or a speed limit sign and you are sure that it is safe to proceed.

Red flashing lights. If red lights flash on a signal in the central reservation or on the side of the road and lane closed sign is showing, you MUST NOT go beyond the signal in any lane.

Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 3 and sch15

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Driver CPC training deadline 2019

It's that time again! Five years on and the Driver CPC training deadline 2019 is approaching. For professional lorry, bus or coach drivers in the UK, the deadline to complete your driver CPC periodic training and maintain your current DQC card is 9th September 2019.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you’ve completed 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.


Even though we may or may not be leaving the EU, drivers of lorries and buses will still need a valid CPC to continue to operate in the UK. It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without an up to date Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Finding a training course

The TMconsultant (training) Consortium has members across the country. You can find them here. Get in touch with a trainer near you!

Alternatively, you can visit the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) website. Only courses taken with approved centres count towards periodic training.

I'm not sure how much training I have taken

You can check how much training you’ve already taken and when you’ll get your next DQC by using the government online driver enquiry service. You can also give your employer temporary access to your training records.

What happens if I miss the driver cpc training deadline

Don't! As you cannot drive professionally unless you hold a valid driver qualification card (DQC) and you could be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without a valid DQC.

Need more information?

You can find out more about Driver CPC training on GOV.UK

Like to become a Driver CPC trainer?

We've compiled a very useful blog on How to Become a Driver CPC Trainer.

How can I join the TMconsultant (training) consortium?

You find out all about how to join the TMconsultant Driver CPC training consortium here.

Alternatively, get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!

Do-you-know-your-Operator Licence Undertakings

Do you know your Operator Licence Undertakings?

Do you know your Operator Licence Undertakings? I do get asked this question more nowadays as this information isn’t that easy to find due to operator licence applications being all online. So for anyone looking here they are!

What are Operator Licence Undertakings?

They are set of undertakings which, when issued with your operator licence, you will sign and agree to abide by. Not doing so will probably result in you appearing in front of the traffic commissioner! Depending on your application there may some extra provisions added to the statuary operator licence undertakings.

Undertaking No 1.

The laws relating to the driving and operation of vehicles used under this licence are observed.

Undertaking No 2.

The rules on drivers hours and Tachographs  are observed, and proper records are kept and that they are stored, also that records are readily available on request

Undertaking No 3.

To ensure vehicles and trailers are not overloaded

Undertaking No 4.

That all vehicles operator within speed limits

Undertaking No 5.

To ensure drivers promptly report any defects that could prevent the safe operation of the vehicle or trailer and that all defects are recorded in writing.

Undertaking No 6.

To ensure all vehicles and trailers, including hired vehicles and trailers, are kept in a fit and serviceable condition.

Undertaking No 7.

To ensure you are keeping full records for a 15 month period for all drivers reports of defects, safety inspections, routine maintenance and repairs to vehicles.

All these records need to be available on request.

Undertaking No 8.

In respect of each operating centre specified, that the number of vehicles and number trailers kept there will not exceed the maximum number authorised at each operating centre. (Which will be noted on the licence)

Undertaking No 9.

An unauthorised operating centre is not used in any traffic area.

Undertaking No 10.

You will inform the traffic commissioner against yourself, company, business partners, company directors and nominated transport manager/s named on the application. 

Undertaking No 11.

That you will ensure that you will notify the traffic commissioner of any changes within 28 days, EG: proposed changes to maintenance arrangements. A change in the financial status of the licence holder (Liquidation etc) or a change to the limited company status or partnership that may affect the licence.

Applying for an operator licence?

If you’re looking to apply for an operator and need help then get in touch with our partners Logistics Support. They can help you through the whole processes.

Alternatively, get in touch! Here to share the knowledge