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.
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
There are four main categories of HGV licence:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, for all types of training you need a valid category B car 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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As the proprietor and Director of Craig Baker Driver Training, Craig boasts over 10 years of instructional expertise backed by over a decade in the HGV industry. Holding qualifications as an ADI, NRI LGV instructor, RTITB CPC instructor, and DVSA-approved 3a examiner, Craig ensures the highest standards. Over the last few years, the business has expanded significantly under his leadership. Craig's adept management style, characterized by fairness and a commitment to staff well-being, underscores the success and growth of the enterprise.
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Andras, our adept LGV and Car Instructor, brings extensive experience in both European and UK haulage to his role. Additionally, he holds qualifications as a PCV driver. With a wealth of knowledge in the intricacies of transportation, Andras ensures that our training programs meet the highest standards. His multifaceted expertise and commitment to excellence make him an invaluable asset in equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge essential for success in LGV and Car driving.
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