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 physical risk
- ability to complete a physical, walk round vehicle safety check
Watch the official DVSA PCV practical demonstration test video
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.