Consultation outcome: Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) changes

Department For Transport

December 11
10:00 2023

ICF analysis of consultation on reforms to the DCPC

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Detail of outcome

The consultation outcome documents on this page are:

  • overview of consultation responses and government response
  • ICF analysis of consultation responses
  • a list of all questions asked and responses to questions not analysed within the above two documents

The main outcome document:

  • summarises the responses to the consultation
  • details the governments responses and decisions for future delivery

A total of 1,190 consultation questionnaire responses were received, as well 16 position papers from industry stakeholders. The department also received 177 emails which were free-text based on the proposals without answering the consultation questionnaire directly.

Due to the scale of the original consultation, it is not deemed appropriate to provide a summary of every question that was asked. Two additional documents have been published alongside it. The first is analysis of the free-text responses, with some of this analysis being integrated into the consultation response. The second is a list of all consultation questions and summary of remaining responses, and where responses to a question are not covered in either the main consultation document or the ICF analysis, a summary of responses has been included.

Responses to some of the questions were compartmentalised by respondent type to allow analysis to be performed comprehensively. Response numbers across the three documents may show some slight variation.

This consultation forms part of theSmarter Regulationprogramme of regulatory reform announcements that began in May 2023 with the publication ofSmarter Regulation to Grow the Economy. Through this consultation andfurther regulatory reform updates, the governmentwill take action toreduce the burdens on business,reduce the cost of living,deliverchoice to consumers, turbocharge science and innovation and drive infrastructure development.

Original consultation


Proposals for reforms to how drivers renew and evidence their DCPC and how exceptional circumstances could be dealt with.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC). If these changes are implemented, they will only apply to drivers completing journeys within Great Britain, and Northern Ireland if authorities there agree, as DCPC is a devolved matter.

Drivers wishing to drive to, from or within the EU will still need to comply with the existing requirements due to arrangements within the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), as well as other relevant UK international obligations.

Proposed changes will therefore create 2 parallel qualifications for driving in GB and, potentially, NI:

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