The HGV Licence
To apply for a HGV Driving Licence, you will need to complete DVLA form D2, the following page (DVLA Forms) on the DVLA website will get you on your way.
LGV C1 (Entitles the holder to drive vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg GVW) Prior to 1st Jan 1997, this entitlement was given to drivers upon passing there standard car drivers licence. This category allows the holder to drive vehicles up to and including those known as 71/2 Tonners (7500KG GVW). Importantly, if you passed a standard car driving license after 1st Jan 1997, the normal entitlement only permits the holder to drive a vehicle up to 3500kg GVW (equivalent to a typical Transit van). Available to Drivers 18 Years or older.
LGV C (Entitles the holder to drive vehicles greater than 3500kg with a trailer no heavier than 750kg GVW) This classification is what used to be called (and still often referred to as) Class 2. It permits the driving of the ‘Rigid’ type LGV, typically of 18, 26 and 32 Tonne GVW. Recent changes to legislation mean that as long as the Initial Driver CPC is completed, this license can be held by drivers of 18 years or older.
LGV C+E (Entitles the holder to drive vehicles greater than 3500kg with a trailer heavier than 750kg GVW) This classification replaces the old Class 1 and permits the driving of Articulated type ‘Tractor Trailer’ and ‘Wagon and Drag’ vehicles. Typical GVW for this vehicle group is 26, 34, 40, 41 and 44 Tonnes. As with the Class C entitlement, with the completion of the Initial Driver CPC, this license can be held by Drivers of 18 years or older.
Driver CPC Initial Qualification - Drivers who acquire their LGV license after September 10th 2009 must complete this four part qualification which incorporates the traditional practical test, the components are:
* part one - theory test (multiple-choice and hazard perception)
* part two - case studies
* part three - practical test of driving ability
* part four - vehicle safety demonstration
Once the Driver CPC is completed you will be awarded the Driver Qualification Card (DQC).
Digicard - Since May 2006 all new LGVs have been required to be fitted with a Digital Tachograph. Without a Digital Tachograph Card it is illegal to drive a LGV with a Digital Tachograph Unit fitted. It is essential that any serious professional LGV Driver ensures that they are equipped with a Digital Tachograph Card.