Can Anyone become a Large Vehicle Driver
The simple answer to that question is 'Yes!' Anyone can be an LGV driver. You'll need to meet a few minimum requirements - but these aren't difficult.You'll need to be over 21 and hold a full EU Drivers Licence (for cars). You'll need to pass a medical and apply for a provissional LGV licence, complete a training course to upgrade your driving license so you can drive an LGV. The course lasts for between 3 and 10 days, with a test at the end. If you pass - that's it! You'll then be a qualified LGV driver and ready for your first contract.
What is the difference between LGV and HGV?
There is no difference, LGV is Large Goods Vehicle, HGV is Heavy Goods Vehicle. HGV was renamed LGV in 1992 because not all of Europe had a word for heavy!
LGV C1 = Rigid truck 3501kg to 7500kg
LGV C1+E = Rigid 3501kg to 7500kg truck with trailer over 750kg
LGV C = Rigid truck from 7501kg upwards
LGV C+E = Articulated or Drawbar truck up to the legal maximum of 44,000kg
How long is the driving test?
The driving test lasts approx. 90 minutes, it includes on road exercises such as a gear change exercise, uphill and downhill starts. The reversing and braking exercise takes place at the test centre before going out on test. For more information on the driving test a book Driving Goods Vehicles the Official DSA Syllabus is published by the people who conduct the test and is available at any HMSO bookseller. A similar book is also available for buses and coaches.
What if I fail?
Individuals that fail the test will normally want to book another test for as soon as possible. If more training is required we will book the necessary training time and test at the earliest convenient date for the candidate and trainer.