Excellent opportunity to ‘get shot of the driver CPC’

Brexit is presenting the British haulage industry with an excellent opportunity to get rid of the ‘damaging’ Certificate of Professional Competence, according to UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour.

She said: “It has brought misery and hardship to countless drivers in the United Kingdom and across the continent of Europe, and I have long campaigned against this unnecessary nonsense.”

She was speaking in a debate about HGV driver training regulations, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Watch Mrs Seymour’s speech here.

Mrs Seymour said: “The driver CPC is a damaging piece of legislation

“Now that the European Commission has declared that it will not recognise British driving qualifications after Brexit – and how short sighted is that? – this surely is an excellent opportunity for Her Majesty’s Government to do the right thing and get shot of the CPC once and for all.”

Mrs Seymour has described the CPC as an expensive and over-complicated system which is causing many truck and bus drivers to either lose their jobs, or take early retirement.

“The result is a shortage of registered drivers in an industry which is battling hard to get itself back on its feet.

“It is being kicked in the teeth by the EU, which always thinks it knows what’s best for Britain. Hard-working people should not be losing their livelihoods – we see no need for drivers to undertake this unnecessary and expensive course.

“Our traditional driver training course, which has been in place for many years, is a proven system which has served us well. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.”