Got what it takes to be a truck driver?

Whether you've always had a passion for being a truck driver, or if you're looking for a career change, gaining your LGV licence can be very rewarding.

How to gain your LGV driving licence:

Knowing where to start with getting your licence can be very confusing. The Ben Shaw Training training advisors will guide you every step of the way...

First, some basic rules and terminology:

  • LGV means Large Goods Vehicle, which used to be called HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle).This name change happened in the 1990's.
  • Licence category C1 is for goods vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg with a trailer up to 750kg. The C1 test can be bypassed by taking the C test instead!
  • C1+E is a C1 vehicle with a trailer up to 4,500kg.
  • Licence category C allows you to drive a vehicle over 3,500kg, but only a small trailer up to 750kg. (Rigid / HGV Class 2) The C test must be passed before you can move on to taking the C+E (truck and trailer / HGV Class 1).
  • The Driver CPC is an extra qualification that is required for commercial LGV drivers.

How to get started:

Step 1: You need to undergo a LGV medical. The doctor will fill in form D4.
Step 2: You need to fill in form D2 and send your licence off to DVLA to apply for your provisional entitlement for C1 or C.
Step 3: When you get your licence back with the provisional entitlement, you can then book your LGV theory tests. You must pass all three theory tests: the Multiple Choice, the Hazard Perception tests, and the Driver CPC Case Study.
Step 4: Once you have passed the relevant theory tests, then you can go on to take your practical driving test.

Ben Shaw Training will help you every step of the way...

We have the D2 and D4 forms. We have doctors in your area. We book your theory tests at a test centre close to you. We have a theory study package to help you pass your theory tests. We have modern easy to drive training vehicles. We will book your training and test on dates that suit you.

Click images below for more info on the different licence:

LGV C1 (up to 7.5 tonne)

LGV C1+E (with trailer)

LGV C (over 3.5 tonne)

LGV C+E (truck & trailer)

LGV Driver CPC