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How to Become a HGV Driver / Lorry Driver

07/09/2021

Have you thought of starting a new career as a lorry driver? Love driving and the freedom of the open road? Below we talk about the process and requirements to becoming an HGV driver and how to keep your HGV license. To start with you need to be 18 or over and have a valid UK drivers licence. If you dont have a valid UK drivers licence then you will need to get your licence transferred over to the UK. The United Kingdom is always short of lorry drivers so there is certainly no shortage of work out there but you will have to work hard as driving the roads of the UK isn’t for the faint hearted or people who are work shy. It is hard work but as you are already aware there is a feeling of freedom on the roads unlike any other profession. Desk jobs don’t suit everyone and that is why lorry driving just might be the answer to your future happiness.

Invest in your future and learn to drive in the UK. The UK is often short of drivers and post Brexit a further could well be short of 45,000 drivers so as you can see there is plenty of work available and competition for those positions will be low.

How much can you earn being a lorry driver?

Currently HGV drivers salaries vary from £28,000 to £45,000 per year, this of course depends on the type of vehicle you’re driving and cargo you might be carrying. There are only so many hours you can work and your hours will be closely monitored and must be adhered to. There is a legal limit of 9 hours driving per day with a further requirement to take a 45 minute break every 4.5 hours of driving. We know this all might be confusing but your schedule will be worked out in your work schedule. Just stick to the times your company have given you and keep notes of hours you have driven and rested. Read about working hours in more detail here.

So how long does it take?

Start to finish you will complete the process in 8-10 weeks with the practical training taking only 5 days. Driver Training Centre if you were not already aware have excellent pass rates well above the national average and we are NOT BROKERS so our classrooms and training is not overstuffed and you really do get that 1 to 1 training that many say they offer but in reality you don’t get. With the right company HGV training is fast and affordable.

What sort of HGV license should you apply for?

This depends on what sort of vehicle you are thinking of driving. There are a few categories and we will explain them below. The categories are based on vehicle weight and additional weight they can tow when trailers are attached.

Categories you can choose from

CAT C1

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.

CAT C

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.

CAT 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.

The steps to gaining an HGV Licence

Here are the simple steps to be taken.

HGV Medical:

Each driver must pass a medical exam as part of their training program. This is to be sure you do not have existing medical conditions that prevent you driving a vehicle safely. You will undertake a brief medical exam and a short conversation with a doctor. Any doctor can conduct this test and they will need to complete your DVLA form. We can also book you in as a priority and offer medicals at a great reduction. Be aware you can pay as much as £130 we currently offer medicals at £75 ( price given 14th Sept 2021 ) prices may now vary.

HGV Theory:

Your theory test is like when you learnt to drive a car. Tests take the form of multiple choice at a test centre. We will have run you through some mock tests by the time you take your actual test. We provide you with all the resources and training you will need to pass your test. As mentioned before we have excellent pass rates well above the national average.

Practical HGV Training:

Once the theory test is out of the way and you have received your results you get to jump in one of our training vehicles and start your practical training with a DVSA certified instructor. Practical training can take anything from 4 to 20 hours depending on your requirements, including your Driver CPC training.

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 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

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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.