Driver CPC and minibuses
From Tuesday 10th September 2013 many bus, coach and minibus drivers are required to hold a driver qualification card (DQC) in order to continue driving legally.
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) officers will be conducting spot checks to ensure that all required drivers are in possession of a driver qualification card (DQC).
A driver qualification card is evidence that a required driver has completed the compulsory training in order to drive, or continue, legally driving buses, coaches and minibuses.
Any driver, found to be driving minibuses illegally could face a penalty of £1000. Separately, any minibus owner or operator could additionally prosecuted for allowing a minibus to be driven illegally.
Varying requirements for minibuses
However, there are varying requirements regarding driver qualification cards (DQC) and minibuses. Organisations and businesses who operate minibuses will not all come under the same regulations and will need to seek further advice.
If you drive a minibus for an organisation or business and are concerned about the DriverCPC please contact your organisation
MORC updated to provide easy to use guide
If you are an organisation, owner or business operating a minibus and are concerned about the regulations and your obligations concerning the DriverCPC you can find out which drivers require this qualification from the "licence checker" section in MORC (Minibus Operator Resource Centre)