WITH the deadline fast approaching for commercial vehicle drivers to conform to the new Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), Buxton and Leek College are offering extra weekend training sessions.
Saturday and Sunday training sessions at the college's new £1million Skillsbase training centre on the Harpur Hill Business Park in Buxton are aimed at helping local truckers avoid £1,000 fines for non-compliance with the new regulations.
Under the new ruling, introduced across the EU to maintain high driving standards, commercial vehicle drivers must undergo 35 hours of training every five years to keep their CPC. And the deadline for completing the training is September 9.
Tony Deane, a trained driving instructor and FE lecturer, will be delivering the training at Skillsbase each Saturday and Sunday in the run up to the deadline and classroom-based sessions will cover First Aid, tacographs, Health and Safety, driver health and security, eco safe driving and manual handling.
Tony, who has a military background, said: "A lot of drivers are still burying their heads in the sand about this new regulation although it has been in force for the past five years.
"We will be delivering training in five sessions each lasting seven hours. There is no pass or fail. Drivers simply have to attend the training and it applies to anyone who drives a vehicle above 3.5 tonnes on public roads for commercial gain.
"It will affect many people including farmers transporting stock to local markets as well as coach drivers."
Courses are delivered on Saturdays and Sundays between 7.30am and 3.30pm and cost £65 plus an £8.50 registration fee.
To find out more about the CPC training on offer at Skillsbase call 0800 074 0099 or visit www.blc.ac.uk