With the deadline for completion of Driver CPC (DCPC) training exactly two years away, the Freight Transport Association says that promising progress is being reported by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

But leaving DCPC training to the last minute seems to be the biggest risk as businesses defer any spending as long as possible in the face of the continuing recession.

DSA figures show that there is a growing number of active drivers undertaking DCPC training, but the same figures also suggest there is a long way to go to ensure that every licensed driver will be in possession of a current Driver Qualification Card in time for the 10 September 2014 deadline.

According to statistics obtained by FTA, at the end of July there were 2,980 approved courses and 1,195 approved centres, delivering training for those 528,000 drivers who have made a start, but reports show that to date there still remains a shortfall of 1.3 million days plus an unknown number of drivers who have not yet started the training at all, so it seems that some freight operators still have a lot of work to do.

Progress has been aided by helpful confirmations about enforcement made by ministers and licensing authorities, and training providers are developing useful innovations to spread the cost and inconvenience of getting drivers through 35 hours of approved training before the deadline.