How Do I Become a HGV Driver?
Do you like driving on the open road? Then you might have wondered about becoming a HGV driver. In this post, you will learn how to become a HGV driver. The requirements are straightforward; you must be over 18, have a valid UK driving license, and get ready to work.
Currently, there is a high demand for HGV drivers in the UK. So, if you want to get into the logistic industry as a driver, this is the right time. The HGV training takes 5 days, but the whole process from the beginning to the end will take 8-10 weeks to obtain a license. When you train with L&T Transport, the process will be affordable and fast. The trainers offer high-quality teaching and practical learning to see you pass your test in weeks and find your dream job.
The Type of HGV License You Need
Lorry driving licenses are different since different vehicles come with different weights. The different license categories define how much different Lorries weigh and how much extra weight the vehicle can pull if a trailer is attached.
This lets you drive vehicles that weigh between 3.5tons-7.5tons and with a trailer weighing over 750kg.
The Cat C1 is the smallest lorry that weighs between 3.5 tons-7.5 tons without or with a trailer that weighs up to 750kg.
Having a Cat C license lets you drive large Lorries that weigh more than 3.5 tons, pulling a trailer weighing up to 750kg.
The largest kind of HGV lorry you will drive weighs more than 3.5tons, but with a trailer that weighs over 750kg, and that is why you can drive with a Cat C+E driving license.
Reasons to take HGV training at L&T Transport
Training to be a HGV driver is a great investment in your future, and it will make you employable. The moment you can legally drive large vehicles skilfully, you become valuable to all employers directly or through a haulage firm.
Steps for Obtaining a HGV License
Obtaining a HGV license is a simple process that comprises many clear and defined steps. All the steps are simple to hack with the right training and support from experts at L&T Transport. They include:
A professional driver must pass a medical test as part of the training. It’s to make sure you don’t have a health condition that can prevent you from driving safely. Medicals comprises of a discussion with the doctor and an examination. You’ll have to fill a DVLA form. The team at L&T Transport will ensure you are booked with a priority appointment with a certified GP.
The theory test comes in the form of multiple-choice questions that you must answer on the screen in the test centre. Before you take the test, you should have done several mock tests, using the resources and training offered by the training firm. Our theory booking crew is experienced in guiding you through all the steps of theory training and test.
The moment you complete theory training and obtain the results, it’s time to start practical training. You will train in a real HGV lorry with a DVSA experienced and certified instructor. Once you are ready to handle a practical test, you will get booked. At L&T Transport, we will train you well and make sure you pass the test the first time.
Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) Training
If you pass the practical test and can legally drive a HGV vehicle, you might need to take the Driver CPC exam to drive professionally. Driver CPC is a set of standards you require to drive some vehicles for a living. However, you will have to complete a refresher course of 35 hours every five years to remain roadworthy.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you start your journey to becoming a HGV driver.
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