Professional lorry drivers will need to pass a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) from September 10, the Driving Standards Agency has revealed.
Drivers hoping to join the industry will need both a relevant driving licence and the new CPC qualification designed to keep standards amongst delivery drivers high.
The exams will consist of a new practical test to demonstrate vehicle safety knowledge and security as well as a new theory test, which involves case studies to check drivers' understanding.
New lorry drivers will be able to study for their relevant licence tests and the CPC to limit time and expenses.
Current drivers do not need to complete a CPC qualification but all drivers from September will need to complete 35 hours of 'periodic training' every five years to stay in the industry.
The Chief Executive of the Driving Standards Agency, Rosemary Thew, said: "The new Driver CPC qualification has been developed to raise and maintain the standards of lorry, bus and coach drivers.
"Lorry driving is a profession with a high level of responsibility. We are confident that the new qualification will help to reduce the human and financial costs of road accidents in the UK."
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