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The Scrapping of QUANGOs and pointless legislation concerning Drivers CPC

Comment 25th July 2010

I would like to see the demise of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the cancellation of the HGV/PSV drivers CPC legislation, and I'd also like to see a strong government that can stand up for itself and not be brow beaten into implementing ridiculous legislation brought on by the whim of faceless, unelected bureaucrats with no knowledge of the transport or construction industries.

The drivers CPC comes into effect  by 2014 and drivers must have 35hrs of classroom training every 5yrs. Why ? Where are the facts ? Where are the statistics to say that we need it ? Answer is – there are none. It is purely the EEC and the DSA making mischief in order to justify their own existance.

Why does this matter?

There are enough laws and legislation already which are stifling and hampering the smooth operation of transport in this country. Don't create more. Who is going to pay for this classroom time ? I can see drivers such as myself, with over 30yrs experience, letting their HGV licenses go. Because, personally I regard it as nothing more than a money making racket and an insult to my experience, professionalism and credibility.

What it means is that if I do not comply by 2014, I can be prosecuted and fined, not because of my lack of driving capability but purely because, either myself or my employer has not paid good money for a pointless exercise augmented by faceless bureaucrats.

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