CPC Holder, is the term commonly used within the transport industry, to a person who holds a Certificate of Professional Competence in transport management, hence the term CPC Holder. A Certificate of Professional Competence or CPC is gained by taking & passing an examination, after which the person is rewarded with a Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC, & they are then considered to be Professional Competent in the management of transport operations. Often the term CPC Holder is used to describe the transport manager, who is nominated on the Operator’s Licence.
In fact, this is only correct when the Operator’s Licence is either a standard national or international Operator’s Licence. It is possible not to be a CPC Holder, & be a Transport Manager, on an Operator’s Licence, this is when the Operator’s Licence is of a type, or nature know as a Restricted Operator’s Licence, also known as a Own Account Operator’s Licence This is due to there being no statutory requirement to nominate a person, who is a holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC Holder, as a Transport Manager, on this type of Operator’s Licence.
Therefore, any definition of CPC Holder in relation to the transport industry needs to consider the statutory definition of a transport manager, as to be a transport manager on a standard national, international Operator’s Licence, the transport manager needs to be Certificate of Professional Competence holder (CPC Holder). Therefore, In Practice within the transport industry either the term Transport Manager, or CPC Holder is used, to describe the individual role, in relation to the Operator’s Licence, were a nominated Qualified Transport Manager is part of the requirement of the Operating Licence held.
A summary of that definition is as follows below:
A Transport Manager; must be a natural person, & not a limited company or any other commercial entity. The Transport Manager must effectively & continuously manage the transport activities taking place under the authority, of the Operator’s Licence that said Transport Manager is nominated on. The Transport Manager, must have a genuine, & direct link to the Operator’s Licence, which he/she is nominated on. Such as, being an employee, director, company secretary, owner or shareholder. If a self-employed (Sub-Contract, Freelance, Outsourced), Transport Manager is used, the requirement of a genuine, & direct link to the Operator’s Licence, which he/she is nominated on, is still required. This is normally done via a Contract of Services.
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This Guide Has Been Produced, as a Basic Definition of the Term CPC Holder, in Relation to the Operator Licence Regime & Therefore Cannot Be Considered as Formal Legal Advice