The Driver CPC vehicle safety demonstration test (also known as Module 4) must be passed to become a professional LGV/HGV driver
If you want to drive a lorry, bus or coach professionally for a living you will need to obtain a Driver CPC. However, if you do not want to drive professionally for a living and only want to obtain a vocational driving licence, the vehicle safety demonstration test is optional. You will only be allowed to take module four if you have already passed part two of the Driver CPC initial qualification; the Case Studies Theory Test.
Driver CPC initial qualification part four - vehicle safety demonstration
The vehicle safety demonstration will last about half an hour and consists of five topics covered in the driver CPC syllabus. In order to pass, you must score 15 out of 20 points in each topic area (75%) with an overall score of 80%. You will need to show your knowledge and ability in the following areas:
- ability to load the vehicle, paying attention to safety rules and using the vehicle properly
- security of the vehicle and its contents
- ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants - for example, what you should do if you have returned to the vehicle after taking a comfort break on a ferry or at a border crossing
- ability to assess emergency situations
- ability to prevent a physical risk
- ability to complete a physical, walk round vehicle safety check
Updates to the Module 4 Driver CPC
New questions were added to the Module 4 Driver CPC on 4 March 2019 in which some of the new questions cover bridge strikes, to remind drivers of their responsibility to know the height of their vehicle.
The other new questions cover disability confidence, so drivers can manage any situations involving passengers with disabilities in a professional manner.
In addition, the daily walk round check section has also been refreshed to keep it in line with the industry standard and DVSA's guide to maintaining roadworthiness. See the government website for further details about maintaining roadworthiness.
Watch the official DVSA PCV practical demonstration test video for more explanation.
Load Securing Demonstration Trolley
If you are taking a lorry test you may also be asked to use a Load Securing Demonstration Trolley (LSDT) that will allow you to demonstrate your ability to secure loads. Each DVSA test centre has an LSDT, which allows a candidate to demonstrate securing a load.