Salaries vary from £21,000 to the highest of £60,000 per year. The average gross salary coming in at around £31,000, this of course depends on the type of vehicle you’re driving and cargo you might be carrying.
As a professional lorry driver you will be subject to drivers hours regulations, as a guide there is a legal limit of 9 hours driving per day with a requirement to take a 45 minute break every 4.5 hours of driving. Read about working hours in more detail here.
Start to finish you will complete the process in approximately 8-10 weeks generally.
Our pass rates are 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.
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.
HGV Training categories you can choose from
CAT C1: Category C1 is for light goods vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, this is the category required for ambulance drivers also.
CAT C: This is for heavy goods vehicles between 7.5 and 32 tonnes. You will be able to drive any rigid truck regardless of axles or weight up to the maximum.
CAT C+E: This is for all Draw Bar & Articulated Vehicles.
Previously you had to obtain a cat C licence before taking the C+E category, now you do not need to do this, you can go straight to category C+E from a car licence with one test instead of two!
If you hold a cat C licence, you can upgrade your category C licence to C+E with No further theory tests required. No restrictions or time delay between passing the C test and C+E.
The steps to gaining an Large Goods Vehicle/HGV Licence
Here are the simple steps to be taken to drive a HGV.
As part of the provisional licence process drivers must have a medical to send with the licence application to DVLA. We have weekly appointments available for this at our centre.
There are usually three theory tests required, Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception, and Module Two Case Studies, this is the first part of the Driver CPC requirement if you want to drive professionally for a living. These are booked online when you receive your new licence with provisional entitlement and are taken at a DVSA Theory Test Centre near you.
Practical HGV Training:
When you have passed the theory tests you can then begin training as required. Courses are arranged Monday to Friday, usually with the practical test arranged at the end of the week.
The practical test has now been split into two, the Module 3a test for reversing is conducted at our training centre, the driving test is taken at the DVSA Test Centre right next door to us!
When you have completed the driving tests you can now take the Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test, this is the second part of the requirement to obtain a driver cpc card.
This is usually morning or afternoon for training, we conduct the tests for this onsite.
Class 2 HGV
A Class 2 HGV lorry licence is the same as an LGV or HGV lorry licence which allows you to drive a vehicle over 7.5t and up to 32 tonnes. You must apply to the DVLA for the provisional entitlement to drive a lorry and meet higher medical standards to get your Class 2 lorry licence.
Class 1 HGV
A Class 1 HGV driver is able to drive class C+E vehicles – an articulated lorry weighing 7.5 tonnes or more with detachable cabs and trailers which can generally carry loads of up to 44 tonnes. Class 1 drivers are able to do long-haul trips and are generally better paid than Class 2 drivers.
The differences between these two HGV classes are quite straightforward: a Class 1 licence entitles you to drive a category C+E truck, or an artic lorry, which is an articulated lorry. On the other hand, a Class 2 licence allows you to drive a category C vehicle, or what is often known as a rigid lorry.