Exemptions from Driver CPC for Lorry, Bus and Coach Drivers

When you don’t need Driver CPC

You might not need Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), even if you’re driving a
large goods vehicle or passenger carrying vehicle. It depends on:

  • The vehicle
  • What the vehicle is being used for

Vehicles you can drive without Driver CPC

You don’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you’re driving is:

  • Being road tested after repair, maintenance or technical development
  • New or rebuilt and not been put into service yet
  • Limited to a top speed of 28mph

Vehicle uses where you don’t need Driver CPC

You don’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:

  • Used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use
  • Used to carry material or equipment you use for your job – but driving the vehicle can’t be the main part of your job
  • Used for driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC
  • Used by, or is under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • Used in states of emergency or for rescue missions

Please note: The information above was published in the 4th March 2013 under the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driver-cpc-exemptions-examples