Enforcement and Compliance
It will be an offence to drive a bus or truck if you do not hold a valid Driver CPC and you will be subject to a fixed penalty if you drive a bus or truck without it. The amount of any fines or penalty points will be determined before the Driver CPC comes into force.
As with all laws in Ireland, the Gardaí enforce the regulations with assistance from the Vehicle Standards Inspectorate of the RSA.
Proof of the Driver CPC
The RSA will issue a Driver CPC card to each new driver who has successfully completed the examinations, the card will be issued before the student commences periodic training, the card must be kept by the driver at all times.
If you are already a professional bus driver on the 10th September 2008 /professional truck driver on the 10th of September 2009, you will get acquired rights for Driver CPC. Your licence should have the date of issue before the 10th September 2008 (for bus drivers), or 10th September 2009 (for truck drivers), which will be evidence of your Driver CPC. Your CPC card will be issued on completion of periodic training.
- If you cannot show your Driver CPC, you are breaking the law and you could get a fine of up to €2,000.
- If you fake documentation you could get a fine of up to €5,000.
- If you drive without a valid Driver CPC you could get a fine of up to €2,000.
If you or an employer causes or lets another driver who does not have a valid Driver CPC drive a relevant vehicle you / they could get a fine of up to €5,000.