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Coronavirus: Update on changes to Driver Qualification Card (DQC) validity

The EU has made temporary changes to the road transport rules that apply to operators and drivers of heavy goods and public service vehicles, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the road transport sector.

Driver Qualification Card (DQC) validity

DQCs expiring before 31 August 2020

The validity of DQCs that expire between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 has been extended for 7 months.

If the expiry date on your card is in this period, you need to add 7 months to that date to calculate the new expiry date.

The extension will be applied automatically. You do not need to take any action. You must continue to carry your DQC.

DQCs expiring in September 2020

On 31 March 2020 DVSA gave notice that, subject to review, enforcement action would not be taken against drivers from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020 if their DQC expired during this period. This would have allowed up to an additional 29 days to complete periodic CPC training, due to COVID-19 disruption.

As there are now enough periodic training courses available, this notice has been rescinded and enforcement action will be carried out from September in relation to DQCs expiring after 31 August.

If your DQC expires from 1 September 2020, you must not drive until it is renewed.

More information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-temporary-changes-to-driver-cpc-requirements