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PCV / PSV Training

Why HGV Express?

Both bus and coach driver training come under the PCV licence, previously known as PSV. Becoming a professional Passenger Carrying Vehicle driver in the UK is a great way to gain a stable life long, recession proof and lucrative career.

We provide all the PCV training materials, advice and support you need to get started as a professional driver. With information on which PCV course to go on, and where, to getting accredited and attaining your first job, we`ll be there to organise, support and advise you every step of the way.

What are the benefits?

There has never been a better time to obtain your PCV Driving Licence. There is currently a large demand for Passenger Carrying Vehicle drivers, meaning salaries have reached an all-time high as companies across the nation compete for available drivers. A new driver can earn more than ever before with starting salaries higher than many other jobs.

Which licence do I need?

You will need a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator’s Licence if your vehicle is able to carry passengers by road in return for any kind of payment.

If a career as a bus or coach (PCV) driver appeals to you, you might want to consider getting a licence first. This is a necessary requirement in the UK for anyone who is driving or wants to drive a passenger carrying vehicle.

  • PCV D1 Minibus – the minibus maximum weight is no more than 3.5 tonnes (excluding any specialist equipment for the carriage of passengers with disabilities) or 4.25 tonnes otherwise.
  • PCV D1 + E (including driver) and trailer over 750kg.
  • PCV D Single or Double Decker Buses, Coaches (including Bendy Buses) with Automatic and Manual has an unladen weight not exceeding 10.2 tonnes and is operated by the holder of a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator’s Licence.
  • Drivers of exempted passenger carrying vehicles and any vehicle which weighs more than 7.5 tonnes can be driven from the age of 21 years.

Procedure

Medical

To obtain a driving licence for a bus or coach, you will need a medical examination to ensure that you are fit to drive. The safety of your passengers, other road users and yourself is always of the utmost importance.

Provisional Licence Application

Just like when you gain your car driving licence, you will first require a provisional licence. This can be ordered from the DVLA or provided by the company you choose to train with. There are two parts to the form – Part D2 and part D4. It’s also mandatory for drivers to hold a valid British driving licence as the basics of driving are not taught when training for your heavy goods vehicle licence.

The Theory Driving Test

The theory test consists of multiple choice questions, as well as a separate hazard perception test. You will be asked 100 questions in 115 minutes and have the chance to flag any questions you’d like to come back to later. In order to pass, you will need to score 85 marks or higher. The hazard perception test consists of 19 video clips featuring every day road scenes – each clip lasts approximately 1 minute and the pass mark is 67%. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) offers online samples of driving tests for the use of bus and coach drivers, which you can use to practise as much as you like.

The Practical Driving Test

Your PCV practical driving test will last about 90 minutes. During this time your examiner will want you to drive safely to a high standard under various road and traffic conditions. You’ll be given directions clearly and in good time, and asked to carry out set exercises. The set exercises carried out at the test centre will include reversing within a marked area into a restricted opening as well as a braking exercise.

HGV Driver Training Courses

As the UK’s leading provider of lorry driver training courses, We have had extraordinary success
with a high pass rate on all our LGV and HGV courses in the UK. This enables hundreds of people
to successfully complete the course each year, entering into the solid, stable and financially
rewarding career of an LGV driver.
 
Throughout your training, our team of specialist advisors will be there every step of the way. We’ll help you book your medical, theory and practical tests as well as provide you with expert instructors who will guide you through your practical training.
 
Watch our video to get a feel for what your training will be like!

 

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HGV Express

TRAIN NOW PAY LATER

So many prospective drivers are turned off to the idea of training when faced with the cost of training. We launched our Train Now Pay Later finance plan to make training available to those who'd rather pay monthly.

CENTRES ACROSS THE UK

Our HGV LGV training centres are strategically located all over the UK to ensure that you don't have to travel far for unparalleled driver training courses. We're sure to have a centre near you.

PASS PROTECTION

Our pass protection insurance plan means that you're able to receive refresher training and a retest free of charge. This takes away the pressure of having to pass first time.

ALL TAKEN CARE OF FOR YOU

We can help you at every stage of your training process from guiding you through the DVLA forms to providing all theory training materials at no extra cost. We're always only a phone call away.

THOUSANDS OF HGV JOBS

HGVs/LGVs are essential in the modern day and Britain is facing a shortfall of over 40,000 drivers earning approximately £35,000PA

CERTIFIED DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

In order to ensure that you receive the highest quality of training, all of our driving instructors are fully accredited and certified meaning you have peace of mind in your tuition.

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Obtaining the correct licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. Let us help you choose from the four different types available.

Vehicle Types

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LGV training is also known as HGV training, where it used to be referred to as HGV Class 2 and HGV class 1.

Obtaining the correct licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. Let us help you choose from the four different types available.

Obtaining the correct licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. Let us help you choose from the four different types available.

Obtaining the correct licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. Let us help you choose from the four different types available.

Corporate Training

Obtaining the correct licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. Let us help you choose from the four different types available.

UK Training Locations

Obtaining the correct licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. Let us help you choose from the four different types available.

Accreditations

RHA The Logistics Guild Driver CPC