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Eager to enter the gratifying HGV industry? If so, driving 7.5-tonne trucks is an excellent start and a superb career choice in itself. But why learn to drive one, and can you currently learn to operate this type of vehicle?

Within this article, our specialists explain all you need to know about driving 7.5-tonne lorries and how to kickstart your new career.

Why learn to drive a 7.5-tonne lorry?

There’s an abundance of reasons to drive 7.5-tonne lorries for a living, from impressive wages to developing interchangeable skills:

Impressive salaries

On average, drivers delivering with 7.5-tonne trucks can earn on average around £30,000 per annum for a 40–45-hour working week. Of course, this may be subject to location, the employer, your level of experience and the distances travelled.

Plus, some employers may even offer incentives such as immediate starts, bonuses for meeting targets and company benefits and discounts.

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Independent working

With HGV driving, you’ll never want to go back to the office as you can work independently and break away from the stresses of office politics – which can be incredibly draining and tiresome!

This is excellent for those who appreciate their own company or have young families and desire a less stressful environment whilst not at home – it’s also superb for those who enjoy having freedom over the radio!

Transferable skills

By learning to drive smaller HGVs first, you’ll gain transferable skills that can be used to achieve other HGV licences, such as those to drive large lorries you see on the motorway.

Interchangeable skills include awareness of other road users whilst in a large vehicle, how to manoeuvre a truck correctly and performing safety checks.

Who knows? You could even decide to qualify as a dangerous goods driver (ADR) down the line, which you’ll be well equipped to do thanks to your existing experience.

A multitude of job openings

If you opt to become a 7.5-tonne lorry driver, your skills will certainly be in high demand by retailers and distribution companies. This is due to around 4,000 drivers retiring each year and the ongoing shortage of qualified HGV drivers, with the UK shortfall currently sitting at 50,000 drivers.

Thankfully for you, the shortfall has led to more fantastic driver job openings, meaning you’ll have the flexibility to pick the jobs that best align with your needs.

Pick between supermarket delivery, furniture collection, online retail delivery roles and much more!

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What do I need to drive a 7.5-tonne truck?

Firstly, if you’re interested in becoming a 7.5-tonne lorry driver, you’ll need to be:
· 18 years of age or over
· Have a standard car licence
· Be medically fit to drive

You’ll also need to earn your C1 licence, which permits you to operate vehicles weighing between 3.5t and 7.5t. You can’t legally drive these vehicles without the C1 qualification and won’t be able to apply for professional HGV driver roles without it.

To apply, you need to start HGV training with an experienced provider, such as ourselves. This specialist training will supply you with the skills you need to pass your theory and practical tests and gain your C1 licence.

Get in touch with HGV Training Network today

To get your new career on the road, it’s worth speaking with one of our experts who can advise you on your next step or book you onto one of our courses. Don’t hesitate to call our helpful team on 0800 254 5007 for further information, and they’ll be happy to help.

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What is a HGV training bootcamp? - HGV Training Network

HGV driving is a rewarding and lucrative career offering people across the UK the chance to earn excellent wages and learn essential, transferable driving skills that will serve them for life.

If you’ve been looking into HGV training, you may have come across more than one way of earning your HGV licence – including HGV skills bootcamps.

A HGV bootcamp is an alternative way to dive into the HGV driving sector quickly, while still learning the skills you need to do the job competently. Let’s take a closer look.

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What is involved in HGV skills bootcamps?

Part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee initiative, HGV bootcamps are intensive training programmes designed to help prospective drivers gain skills and the experience they need to drive heavy goods vehicles professionally, in a short space of time.

Created to tackle the ongoing HGV driver shortage in the UK, HGV bootcamps are targeted at bringing new drivers into the industry, as well as re-training existing HGV drivers who may be tempted to return.

The bootcamps can last up to 16 weeks – depending on the skill level of the learner and the needs of the training provider – and are suitable to anyone over the age of 19 who already has a standard driving licence. However, they’re often completed far sooner than 16 weeks and can see drivers heading onto the road remarkably quickly.

The bootcamp will cover all aspects of a more traditional HGV training course – like the ones provided by HGV Training Network – just in a far more time-restricted way. This includes your theory revision, theory test (including your hazard perception and CPC exams) as well as your practical revision and test.

*Did You Know – HGV Training Network is one of the best-reviewed HGV training providers in the country? Click here to take a look at some of our incredible reviews from thrilled students.

When are HGV bootcamps available until?

HGV bootcamps were launched as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee in December 2021 and were only intended to run for a short period. However, they have been extended to run until the 31st of March 2024 to deal with the continuing lack of HGV drivers on UK roads, giving even more keen drivers the chance to gain skills and forge a new career. So, if you’d like to partake in a HGV skills bootcamp you still have time, but the clock is ticking.

But if you’d rather not be pressed for time in making a decision, HGV Training Network is home to a nationally renowned, in-depth HGV training course that will give you a greater knowledge of HGV driving than a quick-fire bootcamp, giving you the experience and confidence you need to operate like a veteran HGV driver.

Who are HGV bootcamps for?

Of course, HGV bootcamps are mainly for individuals seeking to become HGV drivers. However, they’re also aimed at companies in need of drivers, so they can take control of their recruitment processes and ensure they’re training enough new drivers to fill the gaps left by retiring drivers.

Are HGV bootcamps free?

Yes – because the initiative is government-funded, HGV bootcamps are completely free to the learner and include your medical exam, receiving your licence and taking all elements of your CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) tests.

But if you would prefer to learn at a more steady pace without worrying about your finances, HGV Training Network offers an attractive Learn Now, Pay Later finance package, which you can pay back over a period of 36 months if you are eligible. This gives you plenty of time to cover the costs of your full HGV training over an extended period for more manageable payments.

*Want to speak to someone about our fantastic HGV training finance packages? Click here to find out more.

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What is the difference between an HGV training course and a HGV skills BootCamp?

While a HGV skills bootcamp is a great option for prospective drivers at face value, nothing can replace the level of dedication and attentiveness you receive when undertaking a full, thorough HGV training course. Especially when you choose to learn with a reliable, reputable training provider like HGV Training Network.

Driving HGVs puts you in a position of incredible responsibility, so it pays to give yourself the most time you can to learn your new trade while fitting in a solid amount of practice – all of which we provide at HGV Training Network.

Plus, once the government’s lifetime skills initiative ends, there’s no guarantee these bootcamps will return, meaning full, thorough HGV training courses will undoubtedly be the best way to go if you’re looking to drive HGVs for a living.

To learn more about the different options you have available to earn your HGV licence and become an HGV driver, reach out to HGV Training Network today – we’d be happy to discuss your current situation and the best options open to you.

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If you’re looking to become a professional HGV driver, you’ll need to complete a hazard perception test as part of earning your licence. This helps prepare learners for the real-life dangers of being out on the open road as an HGV driver, so you’re fully equipped to tackle any situation your environment and other vehicles may throw at you.

So if you’re wondering what’s involved in the hazard perception test for HGVs, here’s everything you need to know.

And if you want to know more, feel free to get in touch with HGV Training Network – we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the hazard perception test or other HGV-related enquiries.

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What is the HGV hazard perception test?

The hazard perception test is part of your overall HGV theory test, which also includes a section of multiple choice questions and a CPC case study – all of which HGV Training Network can assist you with.

The hazard perception element of your theory test is designed to analyse your hazard perception skills. Specifically, your ability to detect and react to a hazard developing in front of you, to ensure you’re able to properly react to potential hazards in a real-life situation while you’re out on the road driving HGVs.

Much like the hazard perception test included in your standard driving test, during your hazard perception test you will be seated in front of a computer screen and shown several clips (18 at the time of writing) that all include developing hazards you would expect to run into while driving. Your job is to spot the developing hazards as soon as they appear and click your mouse as quickly as possible – the quicker you click, the higher your reaction time and the better your hazard perception test score will be.

Each hazard perception test clip will have at least one actual hazard – none of the clips are trying to trip you up – so if you reach the end of a clip without clicking, you’ve missed the hazard and lost your score for that clip.

While it may sound daunting, you only need a score of 67 out of 100 to pass your hazard perception test, so there’s plenty of opportunity to not be as quick off the mark as you’d like. As long as you spot the hazards and respond within an appropriate amount of time, you’ll pass.

*Did You Know? HGV Training Network has over 200 5-star reviews from satisfied HGV learners on Google? All of whom passed their hazard perception test with flying colours! Click here to read some of our amazing reviews!

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When is the best time to click during the hazard perception test?

If you’re unsure or nervous, don’t click. This is something seen often when people are unsettled or uneasy with the hazard perception test, people will click anywhere and hope for the best that one of them has to be right – whereas in reality, you’ll just end up with a weaker score as the computer will assume you don’t know and you are just guessing. Try to compose yourself and click smart.

Awareness and understanding of developing hazards are essential. There are two types of hazard – a standard hazard and a developing hazard. As part of your theory test, you will be asked to spot and identify both.

You may be unsure what qualifies as a developing hazard – but the DVLA defines a developing hazard as ‘something which would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.’ A good example of this would be a car parked on the side of the road that isn’t moving – as your driving would be unaffected by it, there is no hazard. However if the car’s right-hand indicator began to flash, and the car began to move away it becomes a developing hazard as you will have to take action in response and click as soon as you see the indicator flashing. A standard hazard, on the other hand, is something that is immediately classed as a hazard as soon as it comes into your eyeline, rather than gradually becoming one.

*Want to speak to someone about your hazard perception test? Get in touch with our helpful team today!

What counts as a hazard in the hazard perception test?

A car that’s parked on the side of the road is just one example of something that could turn into a potential hazard. Other hazards you will spot on the test include:

  • Vehicles suddenly appearing from junctions or side streets
  • Vehicles randomly crossing into your lane of traffic
  • Stray objects, people or animals on the road
  • Broken down vehicles
  • Cyclists and horse riders
  • Troublesome weather conditions
  • Uneven road surfaces
  • Narrow roads and more.

These are a lot of hazards to take in on the hazard perception test clips and it can be difficult to know what counts as a hazard and whether or not you should click. If you’re ever second-guessing yourself, remember this tip – if you feel you would need to apply your brakes or check your mirrors, you should click.

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Can I take an HGV hazard perception mock test?

If you want some in-depth HGV hazard perception test practice, you’re able to take mock tests before your actual test to make sure your reaction times are on point, giving yourself the best chance of passing the first time.

Like with all things, practice really does make perfect – especially with tests like this. HGVTN will provide all of the practice hazard perception tests you need to ensure that you are fully confident and comfortable at identifying the various hazards you could be presented with.

But if you’d like to begin your studies well ahead of time, you could take a mock hazard perception test online – there are plenty to choose from. Depending on the practice test you choose, these could include real camera footage clips or hazard perception CGI clips – either way, they’re a useful resource.

To find out more about the hazard perception test, theory tests, or training to become an HGV driver in general, get in touch with HGV Training Network and get your new career rolling today.

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How much does a HGV provisional license cost? - HGV Training Network
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Starting HGV training is an exciting period in the life of any learner looking to take their future into their own hands and start a new career.

There are a lot of things to think about before you can get behind the wheel of one of our learner vehicles, though – the most important of which is gaining your HGV provisional licence.

But how much will a provisional HGV licence cost and how do you get one?

Read on to find our one-stop guide for everything you need to know about provisional HGV licences!

Why do I need an HGV provisional licence?

Put simply, a provisional HGV licence allows you to begin HGV training and embark on your new professional driving career.

Just as you can’t start car driving lessons without a provisional licence, students undertaking HGV training need to apply for and receive their provisional licence before they can get started.

The provisional licence gives you the right to be on the road, under a specific set of circumstances, including using vehicles with clearly displayed ‘L’ or learner plates and driving while accompanied by an instructor.

How much does a HGV license cost? - HGV Training Network

Which provisional HGV licence do I need?

The type of licence you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you intend to drive at the end of your HGV training.

How much does an HGV provisional license cost? - HGV Training Network

*If you received your Cat B (car) licence before 1st January 1997, you don’t need to add any further entitlement to your licence to drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes. Hooray!
If you got your licence on 2nd January 1997 or later, you would have to pass the C1 test to gain the entitlement to your licence.

HGV Training Network offers one-to-one help for trainee HGV drivers – helping you retrain without worry and getting you out on the open road ASAP!

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How much will a provisional HGV licence cost?

Just like the Cat B car licence, provisional HGV licences do not have an associated cost – making them completely free for those looking to undertake HGV training!

The application process includes filling in a D2 form yourself and finding a doctor, optician, and/or private firm to fill out your D4 form – both of which should be sent with your photocard driving licence to the DVLA.

The D4 form is a medical examination report that a medical professional completes to sign you off as safe to be on the road in such large, heavy vehicles. The medical form includes sections on your overall health and a section on your eyesight – which may need to be filled in by an optician or optometrist if your doctor can’t complete the vision assessment fully.

Unless other details need to be checked, it will take around 3 weeks from the DVLA receiving your application for you to get your provisional HGV licence back.

*Want to know more about the types of vehicles you can drive? Heard about specialist vehicles like HIABs and ADRs? Receiving ADR training or HIAB training can increase your earning potential.

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Can anyone help me apply for my provisional HGV licence?

If you are pushed for time or struggle with paperwork, it can be easier to get experienced professionals to help you.

Here at HGV Training Network, our friendly team can handle all the admin tasks for you, such as:
· Completing your provisional HGV licence application with you
· Arranging your medical assessment
· Booking all theory, CPC, and practical tests
· Helping you find your first job with our exclusive partnership with Blue Arrow!

Get your provisional HGV licence and training from HGV Training Network

Whether you need help applying for your provisional HGV licence or just want to begin your HGV training journey, HGV Training Network is here to help.

With over 50 locations across the UK, excellent Google reviews, and Train Now and Pay Later finance for eligible learners, you can retrain with the best without the commute or worries about your finances.

*For more information, you can give us a call on 0800 254 5007 or email us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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