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Which HGV Licence do I need?

HGV driving is a financially rewarding career that offers many employment opportunities all over the country.

However, obtaining the right licence is important if you are to be employed in the right job. In total, there are four different types of HGV licence; we can assist you to pick the right one and then work towards achieving accreditation.

Class 1 Training

1) Category C1 – 7.5 tonne

Many people already have this entitlement on their licence if they passed their (car) driving test before January, 1997. These vehicles are common and used mainly in local distribution and among courier companies and businesses requiring “multi-drop” routes such as bakeries and newspaper deliveries.

2) Category C1+E – 7.5 tonne with a trailer

This is the same as above, although it allows you to tow a trailer that exceeds 7,500 kilograms, including the little mini generators or luggage trailers. The total weight of the vehicle and trailer combined must not weigh more than 12,000 kilograms.

3) Category C+E

The C+E licence is most commonly associated with the articulated lorries you immediately associate with truck driving. Cat C+E is also a rigid lorry with a “Draw Bar” Trailer. These vehicles are used to shuttle stock from the ports to the main distribution sites in key locations for the rigid vehicles to make the more local distributions from. The C+E trucks are the road equivalent to the intercity express trains, where the Cat C vehicles are more like the suburban commuter trains.

Class 2 Training

We also offer Class 2 training for anyone wanting to drive rigid trucks – a vehicle which is non-articulated with two axle sets and has a maximum gross vehicle mass of over 3,500 kilograms. These can include heavy trucks, mobile homes, forklifts, tractors and fire engines.

4) Category C – Rigid Lorry

These are the fixed body vehicles which are similar to 7.5 tonne lorries, but bigger – up to 18 tonnes. These vehicles tend to be used to fit inner city and town shops and smaller factories.

Contact us for further details on Class 1 and Class 2 courses, different licence types, and the many job opportunities that will be open to you once you are qualified.

HGV LGV Driver Training

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.
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HGV Express


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

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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 lorry driver training from a reputed HGV training course provider is a great way to become eligible for a highly lucrative career with a wealth of opportunities.

There are 1,000s of jobs available for HGV and LGV drivers and we will help you secure your next driving job.

New EU regulations regarding driver hours and tachographs mean the need to stay informed about legal requirements has never been more necessary.

Corporate training

We can provide bespoke corporate driver training courses for your staff, get in touch to find out more.

UK training locations

We have training locations across the country so you can train locally and get qualified close to home.


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