Minibus Driver Training



We are pleased to announce on the 22nd May 2008 Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited have been approved as a Training Centre for the delivery of Driver CPC Periodic Training for both PCV and LGV drivers’ over the period 10th September 2008 to 9th September 2013.

The Driver CPC is not going away! It will affect current and future drivers in different ways, a summary of the latest information can be found below:

Existing PCV drivers who already hold a vocational licence on the 10th September 2008 (D, D+E, D1, D1+E licence) are exempt from the initial Driver CPC. This will be referred to as ‘acquired rights’ and are therefore exempt from taking Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 below.

New drivers acquiring a PCV vocational entitlement (D, D+E, D1, D1+E licence) after the 10th September 2008 will have to obtain the initial Driver CPC in order to drive for a profession.

The initial Driver CPC is in various modules, details are shown below:

  • Theory Test (Module 1) is split into two separate tests. The first part being 100 multiple choice questions, and the second part being the hazard perception with 19 interactive clips.

  • Driver CPC Case Studies Test (Module 2) is computer based. There are seven case study tests, each with between six and eight questions. The questions will be based on real life situations you may encounter in your working life as a professional driver.

  • Practical Test (Module 3) takes place at the DSA practical test centre with most of the test being conducted on the public highway.

  • Driver CPC Practical Demonstration Test (Module 4) takes place at the practical test centre and the examiner will test your knowledge in preparing for duty in a safe manner, ensuring your vehicle is fit for service. Inspection and use of equipment in conjunction with the Disability Discrimination Act and to show you can take measures to ensure that illegal immigrants or goods are prevented from being carried.

Both new and existing drivers must complete a total of 35 hours Periodic Training within the 5 years following their ‘acquired rights’ or initial Driver CPC to keep their Driver CPC valid. This means on average each driver must undertake an approved training course of 7 hours (one day) each year.

Therefore PCV drivers exempt from the initial Driver CPC by acquired rights will still have to complete their periodic training of 35 hours by 9th September 2013.

As a leading Driver CPC provider in South Wales, our Approved Training Centre will continue to provide customers with a choice of periodic training as follows:

  • Emergency First Aid for PCV Drivers – 7 hours

  • PCV Drivers Hours and Digital Tachograph Operation – 7 hours

  • Essential Health & Safety and Disability Awareness for PCV Drivers – 7 hours

Subject to customer demand future training for PCV Drivers can also include:

  • Manual Handling and Customer Care – 7 hours

  • Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving – 7 hours

  • Daily Checks, Defect and Accident Reporting – 7 hours

If there is a course which you would like to do that is not listed above, please contact our training manager and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Further details along with course dates and training costs can be found on our dedicated website

There are several Driver CPC exemptions associated with the Directive.

Exemptions listed are as follows:

  • Vehicles with a maximum speed not exceeding 45kph

  • Vehicles used by the armed forces, civil defence, and emergency services

  • Vehicles undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance

  • Vehicles used in states of emergency, vehicles used in the course of driving lessons or examinations

  • Vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passenger or goods – for personal use

  • Vehicles used for carrying material of equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, providing that driving the vehicles is not the drivers’ principle activity

More information regarding the new PCV Driver CPC can also be found at