A summary of the regulations that govern Driver CPC and the penalties that apply to those in breach of them.

It is a legal requirement that all new drivers of C1, C1E, C and CE vehicles (trucks) and D1, D1E, D and DE vehicles (buses) complete and pass the CPC exam to gain their Driver CPC qualification.

The legal basis for the Driver CPC programme is EU Directive 2003/59/EC (PDF) which was transposed into Irish law in 2008 as SI No 359 (PDF). and amended in 2020 as SI N0 178 (PDF).

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

The following penalties apply:

  • 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)