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.