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

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...

 

New rules from 15th November 2021

B to LGV C+E (Car to Class 1)

It is now possible to bypass the LGV C (Class 2 rigid) test and go straight from holding a UK car licence to passing a test to drive a full size articulated truck!

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.

Note: Since the 15th November 2021 changes, it is now possible to bypass the C1 test and go straight for the C1+E, or even the C+E (Class 1) test!

 

 

 

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 B (Car) driving licence.

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

If this is your first time taking an LGV driving test and you are going straight from B licence to C1+E, then you will need to pass a medical and apply for the C1+E provisional licence. Then you will also need to pass the LGV theory tests.

 

 

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.

Note: Since the 15th November 2021 changes, it is now possible to bypass the C test and go straight for the C+E test!

 

 

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 B (Car) driving licence.

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

If this is your first time taking an LGV driving test and you are going straight from B licence to C+E, then you will need to pass a medical and apply for the C+E provisional licence. Then you also need to pass the LGV theory tests.

 

 

 

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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