Older truckers given extension to get licensed
Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure gave older truck drivers a month's longer extension to obtain a valid certificate of professional competence, the so-called code 95 on their driver's license. This follows concerns that truckers were running out of time to do so, AD reports.
Truck drivers now have until December 1, instead of November 1, to get the code 95 on their license This is the required basic qualification for professional truck or bus drivers. Until recently, drivers born before 1 July 1955 were exempted from this, but the EU scrapped that exemption.
There were concerns that drivers would be unable to meet the November 1 deadline, due to the coronavirus crisis, poor communication about the new rule, and limited training capacity.
Van Nieuwenhuizen therefore decided to extend the deadline. The association for transport and logistics in the Netherlands, TLN, is satisfied with this postponement.