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HGV Driver – Working Hours

HGV drivers working hours are currently regulated by EU law and it is likely this will not change at all once we leave the EU. Working hours are strictly controlled, and for good reason as tiredness reduces your ability to concentrate on the road and as the old saying goes, “tiredness can kill” 

HGV / LGV drivers are driving vehicles which can do a great deal of harm to others and possibly yourself if mishandled or if you lose control while driving. Below are the basic rules about working hours and breaks that should be taken when driving an HGV / LGV vehicle.

Standard Working Hours & Breaks

A standard working day over a 24hr period when driving HGV/LGV vehicles is.

4.5hrs driving, 

45minute break then another 

4.5hrs driving

Rest

Split Breaks

Please note it is very important to take split breaks in this order as drivers must take a 15 minute break as their first break not a 30 minute break followed by a 15 minute break later.

2hrs Driving

15 Minute Break

2hrs driving

30 minute break

4.5hrs driving

Your weekly limits as an HGV/LGV Driver

Drivers are only allowed to work a 10 hour day twice a week and can only ever work a total of maximum of 56 hours over a week.

To add to that you are only allowed to work 90 hrs over two consecutive weeks so this means if you work 56hrs in your first week your second must only be a maximum of 34hrs.

Your pattern of weekly hours would look something like this

Week 1 = 24hrs, Week 2 = 56hrs, Week 3= 34hrs

Other Work

Please also note that you cannot carry out any “other work” during your daily rest periods. You need to take a minimum of 11 hours daily rest per day.  Any other work you do outside of driving cannot happen during this time.

Or

A minimum of 9 hours of daily rest may be taken. This is called reduced rest. In any single week, you can only take three days of reduced rest, and the other two days must be full 11-hour rests. Any other work you do outside of driving cannot happen during this time.

HGV / LGV FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about HGV training. We are always here to talk to you so please call us on 01424 432200 if you have any questions that are not covered below.

These are included in your starter pack.
Category C, this will include the sub category C1
LGV Multiple choice, Hazard perception, LGV Case Studies (Module 2)
Study material is provided on line through our website. (This is included free of charge in your package)
You call 0300 200 1122 or book on line www.gov.uk
At local DVSA theory test centres
We will fast track you for your practical training lessons. These can be taken in 4 or 8 hourly sessions
The test is booked with the DVSA so we cannot guarantee the date of the test, we will endeavour to book your test as close to the training as possible
No, you will have to take your CPC module 4 test before you can drive professionally
  • Doctors Medical
  • Apply for Provisional Licence
  • Theory Tests Hazard Perception, Multiple
Choice & Case Studies (module 2)
  • Attend Practical Training Lessons
  • Practical Test
  • CPC module 4 Practical Demonstration

HGV Training

We are a flexible HGV training centre with modern easy to drive, comfortable vehicles, fully air conditioned classrooms, off road manoeuvring facilities, a fully equipped training centre to cater for every transport training requirement.

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Driver CPC Training

35 hrs of Periodic Training is required to maintain licence compliance. Training can be taken in blocks of seven hours or as an intensive course.

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ADR Training

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We now have two vehicles specifically for the purpose of training ambulance drivers and LGV C1. To Become an ambulance driver you will need a minimum of a C1 licence due to the weight of the vehicle you will be driving. When an ambulance is loaded with equipment and patients it often falls between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.

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Horsebox Training

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This Manual Handling Training Course provides the necessary information and training for organisations to understand more about the risks associated with manual handling, how to undergo a risk assessment and how to ensure appropriate control measures are put in place.

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FORS Professional Courses

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Why Choose Us For Your Driver Training?

Modern Fleet of Vehicles

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

Quality Tuition

Our fully qualified Instructors will ensure you receive quality tuition for all categories of training.

Ideally Situated

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.