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    Copperhead wrote:
    Many professional drivers have to undergo a programme of continual training or else they will lose their right to drive, even if they have a current licence.
    This is called the CPC course and involves 7hrs of classroom instruction once a year for 5 years. It is a refresher course on things like the Highway Code, driver's permitted hours, vehicle safety, transport law etc etc.
    It is currently applicable to drivers of buses ( PCV ), large goods vehicles ( LGV ) and 7.5 ton goods vehicles.
    After your 35 hrs of training you get your Driver's Qualification Card and can then drive the appropriate vehicle but you must keep up with the training because the DQC card expires after 5yrs.
    I think it would be a good idea for taxi drivers - surely the worst offenders EVER when it comes to ignoring both the rules of the road AND good manners on the road - to have to do this qualification too.
    It costs about £375 or so over 5yrs which would be money well spent ( by the driver him/herself ) if it teach taxi drivers some road manners.
    And worth every penny"
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East Lancs taxi drivers face ‘scrap car’ threat

East Lancs taxi drivers face ‘scrap car’ threat

East Lancs taxi drivers face ‘scrap car’ threat

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

TAXI drivers in Hyndburn will be forced to scrap cars that don’t meet emissions targets, it was revealed.

The council’s new taxi policy will come into force next month following a consultation with drivers in the borough, if councillors agree.

Hackney carriage owners will be made to install a swivel seat for disabled passengers, and signage and markings on glasswork will be banned.

Although the council has backtracked on plans to take private hire cars older than seven years off the road, because ‘vehicle age is potentially an arbitrary test’, it is mainly only newer models that will meet the new emissions standards.

The council said vehicles must meet the Euro Three standard by 2015, Euro Four by 2016 and Euro Five by 2017.

EU directives stated all cars must be Euro Five standard by September 2010.

All cars will continue to be tested twice a year, and three when they reach the age of seven.

A spokesman for Accrington firm Max Cabs said: “This has not been finalised, it’s a long way from being finalised and if people want to contest it they can do, although I don’t know if any will.

“It will be better for taxiing in general. We will have a clean, better fleet and drivers will have a newer car that they will probably take better care of.”

The Lancashire Telegraph first revealed plans to bring in a new policy in December.

Speaking at the time, deputy council leader Coun Clare Pritchard said: “This is about providing a comprehensive plan.

“We have several policies hanging around and this will bring it into one complete policy.

“I would hope it would improve standards.”

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