Driver CPC Penalties

Driver CPC penalties are enforced by the Gardai and RSA Officers


You must have completed and passed the Driver CPC exam to gain an initial Driver CPC qualification. If you are an were already an existing licence holder for buses before 10th September 2009 or trucks 10th September 2010 you gained what is called acquired rights. It is still necessary though for you to complete a CPC driver course annually.

It is a legal requirement that all new drivers of C1, EC1, C and EC vehicles (trucks) and D1, ED1, D and ED vehicles (buses) complete and pass the CPC exam to gain their Driver CPC qualification.

The legislation, which is enforced by the Gardai and RSA Transport Officers, sets out penalties for driving without a valid Driver CPC.

The penalties are:

  • Failure to produce Driver CPC – fine of up to €2,000
  • Fake documentation – fine of up to €5,000
  • Driving without a valid Driver CPC – fine of up to €2,000
  • Employer allowing a third party who does not have a valid Driver CPC to drive a relevant vehicle – fine of up to €5,000 (for employer/third party)

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