Why should I choose Ben Shaw Training?

Ben Shaw Training has 20 years of experience and can help you whether you are a complete novice starting out for the first time or have had your licence for a while and just need a refresher session. Here Ben Shaw Training we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of training and Ben always gives honest and professional advice to help you decide which course is best for you.

I've been thinking about becoming a HGV Driver for years. What do I need to do?

Call Ben Shaw Training on 01282 614124 and we will explain everything. We understand it can seem a complicated process, but that's what we're here for. We make it simple and arrange everything for you.

What are the different LGV / HGV licence categories?

C1 (7.5 Tonne)
C1+E (7.5 Tonne & Trailer up to 12 Tonne Train Weight)
C (Class II / Rigid Vehicle up to 32 Tonne)
C+E (Class I / Arctic or Drawbar Trailer)

How long does a course take?

This completely depends on the driver and the course you are taking, for more information please call Ben Shaw Training on 01282 614124 where we can discuss further.

Do I need to have a medical and pass a theory test to take the LGV / HGV Truck Driving Test?

Yes, before you can take your practical test you need to have completed your medical, received your provisional licence and passed all of your theory tests, please ask us for more details if you are unsure.

What is the Driver CPC?

The Driver CPC is for people who want to be professional delivery drivers.

Do I need to do the Driver CPC?

If you passed your car driving test before 1997, you received C1 ‘grandfather rights’, which, in regards to the Driver CPC, classes you as a LGV driver, meaning you're required to complete a 5 day (35 hour) Periodic Training course every 5 years to maintain your status as a delivery driver.

If you passed your car driving test after 1st January 1997, but passed any LGV driving test before 10th September 2009, you also received Driver CPC grandfather rights, as above.

If you passed you car driving test after 1st January 1997, and didn't pass an LGV test before 10th September 2009, then you’re required to do the Driver CPC Initial Qualification to gain Driver CPC status. This involves passing the Module 2 Driver CPC Case Study theory test, and also the Module 4 Driver CPC Demonstration practical test. These tests can be taken before, after, or during your Practical driving test. However, you must have an LGV provisional or full licence, and you must pass the Mod 2 theory test before you can take the Mod 4 practical test.

Will I pass the tests?

If you are able to drive a car – you’ll probably be able to drive a HGV. But come along for a 2 hour assessment to see if it is for you. Once you have had an assessment and you know it is for you then our courses are structured to help our candidates pass first time.

How much will the driver training cost?

Our packages are very competitively priced but vary by course and by the number of days training you require. Call our office today for a competitive quote.

When will I need to pay?

All of the test fees need to be paid in advance, if you cancel within 10 days of your test days you will be refunded the full amount, then the outstanding balance will need to be paid the week before your training.

Some training schools offer pass guarantees. Do you?

No, this can never be guaranteed. We do guarantee that you will receive excellent instruction and ensure you will have no shocks on the day of the test.

How much can I earn as a driver?

A Class C driver can earn up to £485 on average a week. Class C+E drivers can earn up to £600 on average a week. This can increase with experience.

What are the chances of finding a job?

There are more than 80,000 job vacancies across the UK and growing each day so there’s a great chance of finding a role that suits you.

Is there a current need for HGV drivers?

Over 50% of all road haulage companies have a serious driver shortage problem. There are over 50,000 road haulage companies and more growing. 78% of the 100 largest and best companies to work for have a shortage.

I'm worried I won't get a job after my course.

Everyone worries about this when they start a new career, whatever industry they're in. A recent study in the UK found that there is currently a shortage of around 30,000 HGV Drivers; on top of that the Road Haulage Association (RHA) recently estimated that within the next 5 years there will be a shortage of around 48,000 vacancies within our industry. This means there has never been a better time to join this industry and become a fully qualified HGV Driver.

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