7.5 Tonne Training
If you're looking to improve your job opportunities with in the transport industry you could gain your c1 entitlement and open new doors. (Why not bypass the C1 and go straight for Category C!) See our LGV page.
Most vehicles in the Ambulance Service require the C1 licence. Whether it's to become an Ambulance Technician or a Paramedic, it's important to have a licence that can do the job.
Not keen on towing a trailer? Want more space and living accommodation whilst at shows? Having your C1 can make spending time with your equine friends more enjoyable. Maybe you require a more heavy duty vehicle? Visit our LGV page to find out about driving the larger Cat. C (Class II).
Need to tow a trailer behind your C1 vehicle? Ideal for Tree Surgeons, Builders, Ground Workers, Racing Drivers... Being restricted to a 750kg trailer doesn't give you much towing capacity. A C1+E course that allows you to tow up to 4,500kg, with a combined train weight of 12,000kg!
If you're new to driving a motor home, you may want to consider some extra lessons with us. And if it's over 3,500kg we can get you through the C1 test.
What vehicles can I drive on my car driving licence?
The 1st January 1997 saw the biggest change in the history of the driving licence. Anyone passing their car driving test before this date was fortunate enough to gain extra 'Vocational' licence category entitlements such as: B+E (Car & Trailer), C1 (7.5 Tonne), and D1 (Minibus). Driving test candidates who passed their car driving test after the changes came in only receive a B (Car) licence.
What does LGV mean?
LGV means Large Goods Vehicle, which used to be called HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle). The C1 (7.5 Tonne) is sometimes called MGV (Medium Goods Vehicle), but it is actually an LGV vehicle.
- Licence Category C1 allows you to drive any rigid lorry up to 7.5 tonne MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) or Gross Weight.
- Licence Category C1+E allows you to drive a rigid lorry up to 7.5 tonne and trailer combination not exceeding a total combined train weight of 12 tonne.
- Simply, when it comes to LGV licence categories: C means rigid, C1 is small rigid, and E means trailer. The same applies for B+E (B is car, E is trailer). And again for the PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) categories: D+E (D is bus or coach, E is trailer), or D1+E (minibus and trailer).
- The Driver CPC - not to be confused with the 'Operator CPC' - is extra training for professional bus and lorry drivers who want to drive commercially. Basically there are two different LGV Driver CPC routes: The 'Initial Qualification' and the 'Periodic Training'. This topic is complicated and has a whole page devoted to itself. All you need to know here is that if you are planning on taking your LGV Cat. C test, and want to drive a truck for a living, then it is far better to go down the Initial Qualification route. And it's best to decide this before you go for your LGV theory tests.
The first thing is to book an LGV medical. Anybody wanting to drive an LGV must meet minimum medical requirements, before the DVLA will issue you with a provisional licence.
Next you need to send off the doctors medical report along with form D2 which has all your details on to DVLA.
When your licence comes back from DVLA with LGV category C1 provisional on it, you can then take your LGV theory tests.
There're three theory tests, but you may only need to take two depending on your Driver CPC decision. The three theory tests are: Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception, and Driver CPC Case Study.
Only when the theory tests are passed can you go on to take the practical tests!
• Pay as you go. No payment in full up front.
• Medicals and theory tests booked for you.
• Theory test study website, phone app and evening classroom lessons.
• One to one practical tuition with friendly experienced instructors.
• Well maintained modern training vehicles.