AN ASHBOURNE-based logistics training firm has warned that around 500,000 lorry drivers are risking fines by going without compulsory training.
Bosses at Airfield Industrial Estate-based Employ Recruitment have reacted to recently published figures from the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency which suggest just 300,000 out of 800,000 professional drivers thought to be affected by the EU directive have completed CPC training despite the change coming into force during September.
Katie Austin, (pictured) compliance manager at Employ Recruitment, which is based in the Runway Business Park, says the firm has already experience high demand for its January Driver CPC courses.
She said: “Places on our January courses are booking up fast, yet there are still a lot of small hauliers and owner drivers who are putting off this vital training.
“But the problem with leaving it to the last minute is that demand will grow as the deadline approaches while course availability disappears.
“This inevitably means some drivers will end up being fined for non compliance when they’re stopped during DVSA roadside checks.
“With a fine of up to £1,000 for each transgression and a licence suspension at stake, it really isn’t worth any professional driver or operator taking the risk.”
She added that 72 per cent of ERUK’s own current active drivers had already completed the full 35 hours of training required, with a total of 245 drivers completing training with ERUK during the last three months of 2013.
For more information about the training courses available and for a list of dates in January, call 01335 346800 or visit www.employrecruitment.co.uk