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Am I Exempt?


When using your LGV or PCV licence to drive professionally, you will need to be in possession of the Driver CPC Qualification. However, there are some exemptions depending on the vehicle itself, and what the vehicle is being used for.

You will not require Driver CPC if the vehicle is:

  • being road tested after repair, maintenance or technical development.
  • new or rebuilt and not yet been put into service.
  • limited to a top speed of 28mph (45kph).
  • used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use.
  • used to carry material or equipment you use for your job – but driving the vehicle is not the main part of your job.
  • used for driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or obtain the Driver CPC.
  • used by, or is under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order.
  • used in the states of emergency or for rescue missions.
  • driven to or from pre-booked appointments at official testing centres (including authorised testing facilities).
  • driven within 50km of your base, is not carrying passengers or goods, and driving a lorry, bus or coach is not your main job.

For examples of Driver CPC exemptions including detailed explanations, see the GOV.UK website.

NOTE: If your generally exempt from Driver CPC but you carry out a journey that is not exempt, you will need the Driver CPC in full.

For more information, advice, or to book a course, please do not hesitate to contact us.