Initial Driver CPC: Exemptions

Exemptions/Concessions that relate to the Initial Driver CPC Qualification specifically:

Drivers with acquired ‘grandfather’ rights

Bus and coach drivers who obtained their vocational licence before 10th September 2008, and lorry drivers who obtained their vocational licence before 10th September 2009, do not need to take the Initial Driver CPC Qualification and so, are deemed to hold ‘acquired rights’.

However, drivers who hold acquired rights still have to complete their Periodic Driver CPC Training.

For more information, please do not hesitate to Contact Us or visit our Periodic Driver CPC Training section.

Enrolling onto a National Vocation Training (NVT) Programme

Drivers who have recently gained their bus, coach or lorry licence, but have not yet passed the Driver CPC Case Study and Vehicle Safety Demonstration tests to drive professionally, have the option to enrol onto an approved National Vocational Training (NVT) Programme.

For more information, please do not hesitate to visit the GOV.UK website.


Other exemptions that apply to the whole of the Driver CPC legislation include:

Driving with vehicles:

  • 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.
  • 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 can’t be the main part of your job.
  • used for driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or 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 states of emergency or for rescue missions.
  • driven to or from pre-booked appointments at official testing centres.
  • driving within 50km of your base, it not carrying passengers or goods, and driving the lorry, bus or coach is not your main job.

Further Driver CPC Exemption reading can be found at the GOV.UK website.

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