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 driving licence rules and terminology:

  • Driving licence categories: A, B, C, D & E.
    A - Motorbike
    B - Car
    C - Large Goods Vehicle (Truck)
    D - Passenger Carrying Vehicle (Bus / Coach)
    E - Trailer entitlement that can be added to the above categories: B, C & D.
  • PCV means Passenger Carrying Vehicle. This used to be called PSV (Public Service Vehicle)
  • LGV means Large Goods Vehicle. This used to be called HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle).
    These name changes happened back in the 1990's.
  • C1 (7.5 tonne) licence category 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 larger C (Class 2) test instead!
  • C1+E is a C1 (7.5 tonne) vehicle with a trailer up to 4,500kg.
    The C1+E test can be bypassed by taking the larger C+E (Class 1) test instead!
  • C (Class 2) licence category allows you to drive any rigid goods vehicle over 3,500kg, but only tow a small trailer up to 750kg.
    This is the most common category that people need.
    C test must be passed before you can move on to taking the C+E (Class 1).
  • C+E (Class 1) licence category is the big boy. With this licence you can drive any truck and trailer combination!
    Passing the C+E test also gives you all the smaller trailer entitlements, including the B+E (Car & Trailer) licence.
  • The Driver CPC is an extra qualification that is required for commercial LGV drivers.
    It is well worth doing this at the same time as taking your C1 or C theory and practical tests.

How to get started:

  1. LGV medical The Fit2Drive doctor will fill in form D4 during the 15 minute medical.
    Doctors are available nationwide, or in-house at our Burnley office.
  2. Provisional Licence needs applying for LGV category C1 or C. Form D2 needs filling in by you (We can help you with this).
    The 2 forms (D2 & D4) and your licence need to be sent off to DVLA.
  3. LGV theory tests can be booked when you get your licence back from DVLA with the provisional entitlement.
    There are three theory tests: the Multiple Choice, the Hazard Perception tests, and the Driver CPC Case Study.
  4. Practical Test can then be taken once you have passed the relevant theory tests.

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

  • We have the D2 and D4 forms. We have doctors in-house or in your area.
  • We book your theory tests at a test centre close to you, and a theory study package to help you pass your theory tests.
  • Our modern training vehicles are easy to drive.
  • We can book your training and test on dates that suit you.

The four LGV categories:

C1 (7.5 Tonne)

We use a 5 tonne VW Crafter van for the training course and test.

Candidates must be aged 18 or over, and hold a UK car driving licence.

LGV Medical and theory tests must be passed to take this test.

The LGV Driver CPC is also required to drive trucks commercially.

 

 

 

 

C1+E (7.5 tonne and 4.5 tonne trailer)

We use our 5 tonne VW Crafter van and 2.7 tonne trailer for the course and test.

Candidates must be aged 18 or over and have a UK C1 (7.5 tonne) driving licence.

No need to pass medical or theory tests as this was covered when taking C1.

Successful candidates will also gain the smaller B+E (Car & Trailer) licence entitlement.

 

 

 

 

C (Class 2 / Rigid)

We use our 13 tonne automatic DAF's usually for the training course and test.

Candidates must be aged 18 or over, and hold a UK car driving licence.

LGV Medical and theory tests must be passed to take this test.

Successful candidates will also gain the smaller C1 licence entitlement.

The LGV Driver CPC is also required to drive trucks commercially.

 

 

 

C+E (Class 1 / Artic / Wagon & Drag)

We use our Merc Axor 1840 tractor unit with 13.7m trailer for the course and test.

Candidates must be aged 18 or over and have a UK C (Class 2) driving licence.

No need to pass medical or theory tests as this was covered when taking C.

Successful candidates will also gain the smaller B+E & C1+E  licence entitlements.

 

 

 

 

Driver CPC

LGV and PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) drivers require a DQC (Driver Qualification Card) to drive commercially.

New Drivers obtain this by passing the Initial Qualification tests.

Existing Drivers are required to attend a 35 hour (5 day) course.

 

 

 

 

 

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