Training For PCV Drivers

Training for PCV Drivers

Driver Skills Training is a Driver CPC approved provider of training for PCV drivers. We currently run regular courses in Alfreton, Mansfield, Chesterfield and Newark and can also hold in-house training across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and anywhere in the UK for Transport firms. As well as carrying out training for PCV drivers, we can also help Develop your transport business through detailed audits and process improvements.

Click on each module title for a brief overview of what is delivered on the Master Driver CPC Course.

Module 1a: Drivers Hours & The Road Transport Work Time Directive

Outline of the EU regulations concerning Drivers’ Hours and where to find important information (PSV 375), Vehicles exempt from EU regulations, Operations exempt from EU regulations (Derogations), Daily weekly and fortnightly driving limits, Breaks rest and split daily rest, Reduced daily rest, Rules concerning multi-manning, Weekly rest, Explanation and definition of travelling time, Recording interruptions to rest during ferry/train journeys, How the regulations are enforced, Sanctions applied for infringements, Explanation of the graduated fixed penalty system.


  • EU driver’s hour’s regulations
  • Working time directive
  • Driving limits
  • Rest Periods
  • Infringements & penalties
Module 1b: Digital Tachographs – Actia – Continetal Automotive Group (Siemens) – Stoneridge

Outline legislation, System overview, Pictograms, Tachograph Cards, Data recorded on the Vehicle Unit, Data recorded on the Driver Card, Explanation of UTC, The procedure for logging-in, Standard display, In-motion data display, Manual entries, Correct use of the mode switch, Recording activity, Making a printout, Using the ‘out-of-scope’ function, Initiating ‘ferry’ mode, Adjusting local time, Adjusting UTC, Messages, Log-out procedure, Print roll replacement, Mixed Tachograph work.


  • Legislation
  • System Overview
  • Record Keeping
  • Drivers Cards
  • System Operation
  • Printouts

Module 2a: Analogue Tachographs

The regulations concerning tachograph usage, Types of vehicle that fall in-scope of tachograph regulations, Tachograph exemptions, EU regulations concerning record keeping, Domestic regulations concerning record keeping, Letters of attestation, Types of analogue tachograph, Mode switches, Setting the clock on dash-mounted analogue tachographs, Calibration and inspection, Faults, Analogue tachograph charts, Chart compatibility, Tachograph chart data, Centrefield entries, Manual entries, Transferring to a second vehicle unforeseen events, Enforcement of tachograph regulations, Infringements & penalties.


  • Regulations concerning tachograph usage
  • Regulations concerning record keeping
  • Understanding tachograph charts
  • Manual entries
  • Infringements & penalties
Module 2b: Personal Well-Being

Physical and mental fitness, Medical standards, Fitness to drive, Stress, Tackling stress, Diet and driving, Balanced diets, Body Mass Index (BMI), Alcohol and drugs – the law, Alcohol usage, Drug usage – Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Medicinal drug usage, Tiredness and sleep patterns, Combating tiredness, Driving at night – the risks, Driving at night – vehicle lighting (Interior & Exterior), Driving at night – auxiliary lighting, Night Blindness.


  • Physical and mental fitness
  • Diet and driving
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Tiredness and sleep patterns
  • Driving at night

Module 3a: Emergency Actions

Emergency situations, Duty of care, Incident prevention, Daily Walk around inspection, Defect Reports, Violence and anti-social behaviour, Violence and anti-social behaviour – common risks, Violence and anti-social behaviour – responsibilities, Dealing with verbal abuse, Dealing with physical abuse, Vehicle breakdown, Warnings and symptoms of vehicle breakdown, In the event of breakdown…Tyre blow-outs, Fire – common locations, Causes of fire on buses and coaches, Fire prevention, In the event of a fire…Road traffic incidents, Basic emergency aid, Collision reporting.


  • Emergency situations
  • Prevention
  • Violent Passengers
  • Breakdowns
  • Fire
  • Collisions
Module 3b: Safe, Economic & Defensive Driving (practical)

Definition of ‘eco’ driving, Why drive economically?, Changing work habits, The benefits of driving economically, The importance of vehicle maintenance, Vehicle maintenance – the driver’s responsibilities, Vehicle maintenance – the workshop’s responsibilities, Defect reports, Safe and economic driving, The importance of not over-filling the fuel tank, Vehicle aerodynamics, Effective and safe use of cruise control, Controlling speed, Effective gear selection, Clutch control, The role of momentum, Brake usage.


  • Safe and economic driving
  • Changing work habits
  • The benefits of driving economically
  • The importance of vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle aerodynamics

Module 4a: Rural & Urban Driving

Navigating the urban environment, The urban setting, Road rage, Preparing to drive in the urban settings, Lane selection, Negotiating junctions, Roundabouts, Vulnerable road users, Protecting vulnerable road users, Traffic and congestion, Driving stress, Bus lanes, Navigating the rural environment, Rural road risks, Preparing to drive on rural roads, Considering the size of your vehicle, Bridge strikes, Rural vulnerable road users, Speeding.


  • The urban setting
  • Traffic and congestion
  • Vulnerable road users
  • Driving stress
  • The rural setting
  • Bridge strikes
  • Speeding
Module 4b: Health & Safety in Transport

The relevance of health and safety, The causes of accidents, Unsafe acts and unsafe conditions, Workplace vehicle accidents, Traffic and pedestrians, Risks and control, Risk assessments, Slips, trips and falls, Slips, trips and falls on vehicles, Slips, trips and falls in Depot/Station, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), PPE regulations, PPE for Bus & Coach drivers, RIDDOR, RIDDOR – how to make a report, RIDDOR – record keeping, Depot/Station security, Vehicle security.


  • The relevance of health and safety
  • The causes of accidents
  • Workplace vehicle accidents
  • Risk assessments
  • Slips, trips and falls

Module 5a: Passenger Care

Manual handling regulations, The relevance of correct manual handling techniques, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992, RIDDOR 1995, Manual handling and the body, The effects of poor manual handling, Injuries associated with manual handling, The spine, Posture, Controlling the risks of manual handling, Manual handling risk assessment, General risk assessment guidelines, Correct lifting technique, Correct carrying technique, Putting items down, Manual handling in freight, Roll cages, Pushing and pulling, Manual handling aids.


  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
  • Manual handling and the body
  • The spine
  • Correct lifting technique
  • Correct carrying technique Lifting & moving luggage
  • Loading & Unloading luggage


If you are interested in our Driver CPC training for PCV drivers, please visit our CPC course booking pages or contact us for more information.