Before selecting a HGV Course you should do some research and check that the HGV Training provider is actually qualified and can issue legal documents which will be accepted by the DVLA for upgrading your driving licence. There are brokers who will point you in the direction of accredited HGV Training but they will charge you several hundred pounds for the privilege. HGV Training is expensive and you will want to make sure that you get the best for your money. Look for a centre which is approved by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) which is an executive agency of the Department of Transport. The HGV Training provided by registered DSA centres will provide you with the best training available and meet all the safety standards laid down by both theUK and EU regulations.
Before embarking on HGV Training you will need to have a clean current car driving licence. Most people who passed their car test prior to 1997 will already have categories C1 and C1+E on their licences. New EU regulations require lorry drivers to pass the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). This is in addition to the initialHGV Course. This applies to any driver who does not have a Category C1, C or C+E and includes successfully passing two further examinations, a practical test and a case study. The CPC also requires professional lorry drivers to undertake a set number of hours per year towards compliance with the regulations, and is extra HGV Training to keep lorry drivers safe on the roads and up to date with new regulations. HGV Training is ongoing as professional lorry drivers are required to keep up with health and safety issues.
There are many benefits of being a lorry driver. Once you have completed your HGV Training you will be able to demand a high salary, job satisfaction and have what most people can only dream of – job security. The flexibility of hours and opportunities for self employment are further advantages. You will be in charge of your own career. Once you have completed your HGV Training and have some experience, you will be able to pick and choose your jobs, or retire early. Some lorry drivers work only part of the year, or work on contract. You will have the flexibility to be able to work locally, nationally or internationally while earning a great salary.
HGV Training also includes getting qualified to drive a horse box or trailer. If you passed your driving test after 1997, you will need to take a test to drive a car and trailer. A category C1 licence entitles you to drive a lorry of no more than 7.5 tons fully loaded. HGV Training is available for horse box owners who want to drive fully loaded lorries over 7.5tons and gain a category C licence. It important that you calculate the weight of the horse(s) into the weight or you may be driving illegally. The HGV Course specially designed for driving horse boxes takes 5 days.
Lorries are big heavy vehicles and are dangerous in the wrong hands. All road safety considerations will be taken into account during your HGV Driver Course. Whether you are planning on being a professional lorry driver or are a more recreational driver driving large vehicles, you will need to undergo the relevant HGV Training.