The heavy vehicle licence categories are: C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE.
The Driver CPC requirement was introduced on 10 September 2008 for passenger transport and on 10 September 2009 for goods transport.
Did you get your driving licence before the requirement was introduced?
If you held a valid driving licence for category
- D1, D1E, D or DE on 10 September 2008, you have a Driver CPC for passenger transport.
- C1, C1E, C or CE on September 2009, you have a Driver CPC for goods transport.
You are then exempt from the initial qualification requirement, but in order to maintain your competence, you need to go through periodic training. This requirement is the same for the entire EU/EEA.
Did you get your driving licence after the requirement was introduced?
If you acquire your licence for categories C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D or DE for the first time after the requirement was introduced, you have to go through initial qualification in order to acquire a Driver CPC.
In Norway, a Driver CPC is issued by inserting Code 95 in box 12 on the back of your driving licence. The code may look like this: 95(09.09.20). If this is written outside category C, this means that your Driver CPC for lorries expires on 9 September 2020.
The purpose of the Driver CPC requirement is to increase drivers’ competence by regularly providing them with new knowledge about changes in society, legislation and technological developments. And also to raise drivers’ awareness of their own driving style with regard to economy and the environment. One of the objectives is that increased driver competence may contribute to improved road safety, by lowering the number of accidents where heavy vehicles are involved.