The Driver CPC vehicle safety demonstration test (also known as Part 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 the Driver CPC, including the Driver CPC Part 4.
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 the Driver CPC Part 4 if you have already passed module two of the Driver CPC initial qualification; the Case Studies Theory Test.
Driver CPC initial qualification Part 4 - 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.
Updates to the Driver CPC Part 4
New questions were added to the Driver CPC Part 4 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.
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.
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