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How to become a lorry driver

09/09/2019

So you are thinking of becoming a lorry driver? We have had years of experience training people from all walks of life to full-fill their dream of driving for a living but lorry driving isn’t for everyone. Currently Lorry drivers salaries vary from £28,000 to £45,000 per year, this of course depends on the type of vehicle your driving and cargo you might be carrying.

You need to love driving and have a lot of patience when driving lorries and have good anticipation. Once you have trained and passed your test a wide range of job opportunities will be open to you from, delivering materials and goods short distances to driving tankers and livestock and flammable liquids long distance.

Now its time to decide what you want to drive

Category C1

Category C1  is for smaller trucks and delivery vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes  (  maximum authorised mass and a trailer up to 750kg. This is great for vehicles like  cargo vans, Lutons and light box trucks.

CatC1E

You will need a CatC1E license if you wish to drive a C1 vehicle with a trailer  over 750kg’s ( Note the trailer must never weight more than the vehicle when fully loaded.

Larger Vehicles

Category C

The most common class and most popular is the Cat C. This will enable you to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes ( with a trailer up to 750kg (  maximum authorised mass  )and will allow you to drive articulated lorries, tippers and tankers.

Category C+E

Category CE is the top license you can achieve as a lorry driver. This will enable you to drive category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg. This will allow you to drive the largest and heaviest vehicles such as oversized vehicles and heavy equipment handling.

To Qualify

To become a lorry, bus or coach driver you need to:

  • have a full car licence
  • be over 18 – but there are some exceptions
  • get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

The time it takes to complete your training depends on which category you have applied for.

A good lorry driver should have the following qualities. Some of these qualities will of course strengthen during training like confidence.

  • Responsible while driving
  • Confident about driving safely.
  • Have good concentration levels
  • Good anticipation and awareness of what could happen around them
  • Patient

Alongside driving you may also be responsible for other related tasks such as:

  • Planning delivery schedules
  • Supervising loading / unloading of goods
  • Securing Loads
  • Completing log books and delivery notes
  • Carrying out maintenance of your vehicle eg: oil, tyre inspection, brake checks before and after your journey.

Drive CPC

HGV & LGV Drivers CPC training
All lorry drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC card to drive professionally. For new drivers read more here.

New LGV / HGV Category C Drivers
Are required to take the Modules 2 and 4 as part of the licence acquisition process.
Driver Training Centre can now offer Module 4 Practical Demonstration Tests in-house at our Hastings Training Centre.
Training and Testing is available all on the same day, so there is now NO waiting for test dates as we can arrange to suit your requirements!

Our comprehensive ‘Training Packages’ includes online theory test training for Module 2 Case Studies, you will be given a ‘user name’ and ‘password’ to enable you to login to our website and practice and prepare for the theory test that can be booked at a DVSA centre closest to your home address, we will then arrange the practical test at our Centre.

Existing Driver CPC
All professional drivers will need to complete 35 hours of training during a 5 year cycle; this training is known as periodic training and is continual professional development. You must complete Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus or coach

LGV / HGV Training Course Information

7.5 LorryLGV Category C1 (3.5 – 7.5 tonnes)

From age 18 years category C1 is for light goods vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.

Although LGV licences appear to be staged C1, C, and C+E you can go straight to cat C and get a better licence without having to do C1 first.

Paramedic students will require this licence to drive ambulances.

All training is conducted on a 1 to 1 basis

HGV & LGV Driver CPC training

All LGV licence holders are now required to hold a current Driver CPC card to continue to drive professionally.

Existing Driver CPC card holders will need to complete the next block of 35 hours of periodic training before September 2019.

Ambulance drivers are currently not required to hold Driver CPC

New HGV ImageHGV / LGV Category C (All Rigid Vehicles)

Drive this vehicle from age 18.

This category is for any rigid bodied trucks between 7.5 and 32 tonnes, regardless of axles or weight.

Comfortable easy to drive Mercedes ‘Atego’ 18 tonne Trucks with 6 speed gearboxes make the whole training experience very enjoyable

Standard course is 16 hours 1:1 taken in 4 hour blocks over four days or intensively over two days if you require less time from work.

With the National driver shortage exceeding 50,000, jobs are available immediately you have passed the test, we have employers who will use new drivers straight away.

All training is conducted on a 1 to 1 basis

HGV & LGV Driver CPC training

All LGV drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC card to drive professionally.

Existing Driver CPC card holders will need to complete the next block of 35 hours of periodic training before September 2019 to continue to drive professionally.

art-lorryHGV / LGV Category C+E

Draw Bar & Articulated Vehicles

Upgrade your category C licence to C+E.

No further theory tests required.

No restrictions or time delay between passing the C test and C+E.

Driver Training Centre use Drawbar vehicles, simply connect the trailer to the truck you gained your category C licence with.

All training is conducted on a 1 to 1 basis

HGV & LGV Drivers CPC training

All lgv drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC card to drive professionally.

Existing Driver CPC card holders will need to complete the next block of 35 hours of periodic training before September 2019 to continue to drive professionally.

Module 1 Multiple Choice (1.5hrs)

This will be 100 multiple choice questions, the pass mark is 85.

Module 1a Hazard Perception. (45 mins)

You will be presented with a series of 19 video or computer generated clips which feature everyday road scenes.

In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, although one of the clips will feature two!

To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development.

The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test: as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 67 out of 100.

Module 2 Case Studies (1.5 hrs)

Based on real life scenarios you may encounter in your working life.

It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice.

You will be asked to answer in a number of different ways, multiple choice, clicking in an area of a photograph/image or by typing in a short answer.

This will be made up of 7 case studies, each one with 6 to 8 questions with a maximum score of 50, you must answer 38 correctly.

You will be allocated 1½ hours to complete the test.

Module 3 Practical Test (1.5 hrs)

The test starts with a selection of ‘show me tell me’ questions.

A reverse exercise from right to left over a predetermined course into a simulated loading bay.

The actual on road driving time will be a minimum of 1 hour, to include 15 minutes of independent driving, this will give the examiner time to assess candidates driving in varied traffic conditions over a wide variety of roads.

Demonstration of coupling and uncoupling for candidates taking B+E, C+E Tests.

On conclusion of the test a full debrief is given.

Module 4 Driver CPC Practical Test (30 mins)
Driver Training Centre can now offer Module 4 Practical Demonstration Tests in-house at our Hastings Training Centre.

This ½ hour test will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the areas listed below:

Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use.

Security of the vehicle and contents.

Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking of illegal immigrants.

Ability to assess emergency situations.

Ability to prevent physical risks.

Demonstrate your ability with a physical walk round vehicle safety check.

Candidates have to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area (75%) and an overall score of 80%.

To book your course or for more information.
Call: 01424 432200

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Modern Fleet of Vehicles

Our modern fleet of vehicles are regularly maintained, comfortable, easy to drive, and make licence acquisition a pleasure.

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Driver Training Centre is situated next door to the DVSA driving test centre at Hastings and provides easy access for any tests.Driver Training Centre has the resources and experience to deliver our customers requirements.