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HGV Licence Requirement's UK


Before looking into HGV training courses you should bear in mind that there are certain standards and requirements you will need to meet, We will break these down for you so you can make your decision on whether to start talking to us about your HGV / LGV training today.


What do I need to do to become an HGV driver in the UK?

In order to become an HGV driver in the UK of any class, you need to apply for your provisional licence, take a medical exam, and theory test, get the driver CPC certification, get your HGV licence training from a driving instructor & then take the practical test,  and then clock up 35 hours of additional training every 5 years. The good news is that we do all this for you, book online today or give us a call on 01942 741 310


What are the different types of HGV licence?

There are four main categories of HGV licence:

  1. Category C+E – Otherwise known as class 1 HGV, the highest of all, and drivers holding this type of licence drive the heaviest types of vehicles, usually for things like construction. With this licence, you can drive vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes and with trailers more than 750 kg in weight.

  2. Category C – Otherwise known as class 2 HGV this is the most common of all HGV licences. It allows you to drive all kinds of vehicles from bin lorries to tipper trucks

  3. Category C1+E – with this licence you can drive vehicles between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes in weight, with trailers weighing more than 750 kg.

  4. Category C1 – the lowest of all licences, this is ideal for professional drivers who need only to drive small transit vans or trucks without trailers.


How old do I need to be for each type of LGV licence?

There is a single age restriction common to all of these categories, and that is that you must be at least 18 years old before you begin training.


Do I need a car licence first?

Yes, for all types of training you need a valid category B car licence.


When do I need to renew my HGV licence

If you’re over 45, you need to renew your licence every 5 years until you’re 65, at which point your renewal needs to be annual.


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How many hours can a HGV driver work

HGV drivers’ hours are very strictly regulated. By becoming a driver through this training, you also agree to keep track of your hours and to adhere strictly to the maximum number of driver hours you’re allowed to do within any time period. The hours you can drive will depend on several factors such as the type of vehicle you’re driving, and where you’re driving it. Make sure you know exactly which rules apply to you before every single journey. For more details on working hours, please download the HGV Drivers’ Working Hours, approved by DVSA.


Is driving a HGV a lonely job?

Although you may spend many hours on the road, driving an HGV is actually a great way to socialise with other drivers.  At the various truck stops around the UK you’ll meet people doing the same job as you, and if you’re doing regular European trips you may find yourself mingling with other passengers on ferries or trains between countries.


What kind of jobs can I do as a HGV driver?

The sky’s the limit when you’ve got your licence. You can move up through the licence categories if you like, taking on more and more responsibility. Drivers who transport dangerous goods, for example, can earn more than drivers who deliver consumer products. If you work for a company that delivers to Europe or beyond, you can find yourself going all over the world with all kinds of cargo, from food to rock stars’ touring gear.


What skills do I need?

Although the exams test you for all the vital driving skills you need, it also helps if you’re good with basic maths, patient, organised and careful, as well as being able to enjoy your own company for long periods when needed.


How much can I earn as a HGV driver?

Your salary really depends on your experience, what type of vehicle you can drive, what you carry, who you work for and where in the world you’re driving to. Salaries can vary from a starting wage of £35,500 to an impressive £50,000 for more experienced drivers doing larger jobs with more responsibility.


If you need more information on the different HGV licences we offer or the LGV / HGV licence requirements do not hesitate, please get in touch.


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