HGV License Renewal - HGV Training Network
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If you’ve just become a fully qualified HGV driver, or if you’ve been driving HGVs (AKA LGVs) for some years now, you may be starting to wonder, “Do I need to renew my HGV licence?”.

It’s an important question and one you should take seriously if you wish to continue enjoying a long and prosperous career as an HGV driver. But with so many technical details surrounding HGV licence renewals, it can all get a bit confusing at times – “When do I need to renew my HGV licence?” “How do I renew my HGV licence?” “Do I need to retake my HGV test?” and so on.

Luckily, HGV Training Network is here to help. So if you need more details about renewing your current licence, or if your licence expired some time ago and you’re looking to get back into the game, here are a few things you might find helpful.

Did You Know – HGV Training Network is home to over 50 official HGV training centres scattered across the country? So you can boost your driving ability and earn your HGV licence without too much commuting. Get in touch to find your closest training centre today!

Do I need to renew my HGV licence?

In short, yes. The law dictates that you must renew your HGV licence once every five years from the time of first passing your HGV examination and earning your licence. Failure to renew your licence properly means you will be driving illegally every time you step behind the wheel of an HGV, making renewing your licence on time an absolute must if you wish to keep working. Once you have your renewed licence, you’re free to continue driving.

If you allow your HGV licence to expire without renewing it, you will need to retake your HGV driver training and driving test (both practical and theory tests) before being appointed a brand new licence, including your certificate of professional competence (CPC training). This can cost you a lot of time and money, as an expired licence renders you unable to provide for yourself or your family for a time if you drive HGVs for a living, which is why renewing on time should be your biggest priority.

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LGV licence renewal

Whether you refer to the vehicle you drive as an HGV or LGV, if you were appointed your licence in the UK, the rules remain the same – you must renew your LGV licence once every five years if you wish to continue driving large vehicles. Luckily, the process is relatively straightforward.

DVLA HGV licence renewal

Recent changes in the rules mean that the HGV renewal process differs depending on your age – one set of rules for those under 45, and another set of rules for those over 45.

If you are under the age of 45, the process shouldn’t cause you too much hassle. You can renew your HGV licence with the DVLA by following these easy steps:

  • Complete and return the D47PU form – this form should be sent to you automatically within 56 days of your licence expiring. If time is running short and you still have not received the form, you can order the correct forms yourself at this link.
  • Enclose your current HGV licence with the form. You should receive your new licence in the post promptly before your renewal date.

If you are over the age of 45, all of the above still applies, but you will be expected to complete a medical examination report form (D4 form).

You are still able to drive HGVs whilst waiting for your new licence, unless there are special circumstances involved, such as having your licence revoked, or if medical conditions may affect your driving performance. If you’re unsure, you should check with the DVLA.

If you need to change any of the information on your lorry licence – for example, the photo on your photocard licence or if your name has changed – or if you have a paper driving licence, you’ll need to include any relevant documentation confirming these changes before you can receive your new HGV driving licence.

For a new photo, indicate on the form that you need a new picture on your valid licence and include a clear passport photo when you send everything to the DVLA. If your previous licence is a paper licence, you’ll also need to include original documentation confirming your identity along with a passport photo.
Have any other burning questions about HGV licences? Ask away! Get in touch with the team at HGV Training Network and we’d be happy to help.

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DVLA HGV medical renewal

Once you hit the age of 45, undergoing a medical is non-negotiable if you wish to continue driving HGVs. This is to ensure you’re still medically fit to drive HGVs and are not a danger to yourself or others when behind the wheel. You may be banned from driving if you’re found unfit to drive HGVs for medical reasons.

Order the D4 form and take it to your doctor. The doctor will then perform a medical assessment and fill out the form for you before you need to return it with the rest of your documents. Assuming you pass the medical assessment, you should receive your new HGV licence as expected.

Renewal of lorry and bus driving licence

Whether you are renewing a lorry or bus licence, all of the above processes still apply. Simply order the correct forms from the DVLA, fill them out, and return them after having completed any other necessities. You can learn more about this process at the GOV.UK website here.

HGV licence renewal over 65

There are also different rules in place for renewing your HGV licence if you are over 65. Once you hit 65 the period between renewals changes from five years to one – meaning you must renew your HGV licence once a year, every year, after the age of 65. This will include a medical assessment. If you fall into this category and need an HGV licence renewal, you can follow the same GOV.UK link as above for guidance.

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The whole process of retaking your HGV test becomes so much easier with HGVTN. As a reputable provider of HGV training with hundreds of satisfied customers, we’re certain we’re the best people to help get you back on the road as soon as possible.

We also offer attractive HGV training finance packages, so you can spread the cost of your training over many months, if you’d prefer this to paying everything upfront, taking some of the strain off of your shoulders (and your bank account).

Get in touch with HGV Training Network today to learn more.

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    Can you drive a HGV on a bus licence? - HGV Training Network
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    If you currently drive buses and coaches but fancy a career change, you might well be considering if HGV driving is an option for you. 

    Sure, they are both large, heavy vehicles – but thanks to the difference in cargo, you need a different licence altogether. 

    Read on to find out everything you need to know about driving an HGV with a bus licence. 

    Can you drive a bus on an HGV licence?

    So, simply put, no – you can’t drive a bus if you have any of the HGV licences, including:

    • Class 1 – (Cat C + E)
    • Class 2 – (Cat C)
    • 7.5 Ton – (Cat C1)

    Instead, you will have to retrain for a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) qualification, which enables you to drive buses and coaches and carry a range of passengers to their chosen destinations.

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    Can I drive a coach on an HGV license?

    As with aspiring bus drivers, anyone looking to drive a coach will need to have a PCV qualification and licence. 

    The PCV licences include: 

    • Bus and coach licence (Cat D) 

    The Category D licence allows drivers in the UK and Europe to drive buses and coaches with up to 64 passengers, as either a single or double-decker bus. 

    With a possible salary of up to £40k and incredibly high job satisfaction that empowers you to put you and your career first – it’s not surprising so many people are changing jobs! 

    • Minibus licence (Cat D1)

    If you are looking to drive minibuses as opposed to a bus or coach, you will need to train and qualify for your D1 licence. 

    With this licence, you can drive vehicles that have:

    • Up to 16 passenger seats
    • A length that doesn’t exceed 8m 
    • A trailer with a maximum capacity of 750kg 

    When driving these vehicles, average salaries can range from £30-£35k per annum, rising with experience. 

    Can you drive a HGV on a bus licence? - HGV Training Network

    Can PCV drivers drive HGV?

    Just as HGV drivers can’t drive Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV), PCV drivers don’t have the required qualification needed to drive HGVs safely on the road. 

    HGV licences include: 

    • Class 1 – (Cat C + E)

    The largest vehicles on the road, Class 1 drivers can drive vehicles weighting from 7.5-44 tonnes with detachable trailers and can earn between £40-£55k per annum.  

    • Class 2 – (Cat C)

    Drivers of Class 2 vehicles can legally control over 7.5 tonnes, up to 32 tonnes with rigid bases. 

    With this licence you can also drive fire engines and refuse lorries, earning a wage of around £40k per year. 

    • 7.5 Ton – (Cat C1)

    This licence can be included in your current driver’s licence, depending on when you gained it, and allows you to drive rigid vehicles that weigh between 3.5-7.5 tonnes – including ambulances and horse boxes. 

    With this licence, you can expect to earn around £30k per year. 

    To gain these qualifications, you will need to find a reputable HGV training centre near you from which to complete your training and gain your qualifications. 

    And thanks to your experience driving very large vehicles on the UKs roads, you will likely find that you can complete your HGV training much faster than you might have thought. 

    *Not sure which HGV training course is right for you? Drop the team a message – we’d be happy to advise you!

    Find HGV training near you

    With over 50 locations and HGV training finance available for training courses of all types – including PCVs and other specialist vehicles like HIABs, it couldn’t be simpler for you to start your new career.  

    Why not call us on 0800 254 5007 or email us at contact@hgvtrainingnetwork.com and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

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      HGV Funding - HGV Training Network
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      If you’ve been considering a job switch in recent months, entering the world of HGV driving could be the career gear shift that you’ve been looking for.

      HGV drivers enjoy excellent wages, independence in their role, and the chance to explore areas they may never usually visit – amongst a host of other benefits.

      However, some people wishing to become HGV drivers may be deterred because they’re unable to afford HGV training to earn their HGV licence. Or, while they may be able to afford it, paying for the course may cause considerable financial strain they could do without.

      This is why funding for HGV training can be a godsend for those desperate to change their situation and enter a new and exciting industry. Funding for HGV training can alleviate the financial pressures felt by so many, allowing them to learn their new trade without constantly worrying about their bank account.

      But what funding is available for HGV training? How do people take advantage of free training? Does any of it need to be paid back? And, most importantly, will free HGV training be available forever? Keep reading to have your questions answered on funding for HGV training and reach out to HGV Training Network if you’d like to know more…

      Funding for HGV Training - HGV Training Network

      Does funding apply to HGV training?

      The short answer is yes – there is currently funding available to those seeking to become HGV drivers, earn their HGV licence and certificate of professional competence.

      If you are unable to afford HGV training or if paying for HGV training would put you into the red financially, looking into funding for HGV training is a wise move while it is available (more on that in a moment).

      Is there government funding for HGV training?

      Yes, at the moment, government funding is available to those who wish to become new HGV drivers. But it might not last much longer… 

      Launched by the government in 2021, HGV skills bootcamps were created to encourage new and young drivers to enter the transport and logistics sector due to the gap created by too many lorry drivers retiring, as well as the losses created by the pandemic and the impacts of Brexit.

      These free training courses give new drivers the chance to learn the skills they need to drive heavy goods vehicles competently and professionally, while earning their HGV licence and CPC qualification, so they can apply for real HGV jobs once their training is complete. The government covers the costs involved in the bootcamps, making them an ideal choice for those without the necessary funds to pay for training on their own.

      As a result of these bootcamps, thousands of new drivers have entered the fray and significantly reduced the national lack of drivers, allowing companies to hire new drivers quickly and keep the distribution industry in the UK moving at a good pace to the benefit of everyone.

      Because of the success of the bootcamps, the government has chosen to extend the initiative on several occasions, giving even more people the chance to become drivers without worrying about the cost.

      However, while it is encouraging that the government seems to be in favour of skills bootcamps, there is no evidence they will continue beyond their current run – which is set to end on the 31st of March 2024 at the time of writing. After this time, government-funded HGV skills bootcamps will no longer be available, unless the government chooses to extend the initiative once again.

      If it is not renewed, enthusiastic future drivers will need to seek out other sources of funding – including reaching out to distribution companies that offer to cover the cost of training to bring a new driver on board.

      Funding for HGV Training - HGV Training Network

      What companies pay for HGV training?

      If government-funded bootcamps are not available or don’t sound like the solution for you, you could always reach out to transport companies directly or research companies that are willing to fund HGV driver training, in exchange for a job later down the line.

      This is a method that seems to work well for a lot of companies – they cover the cost of driver training and, in return, gain a new driver to offer his or her services in a part-time or full-time capacity.

      The beauty of this setup is that a driver may have their training funding covered by a company, and work for that company for a set time while being paid, but will still be able to apply their new driving skills to an infinite number of jobs in the future.

      The best way to determine which companies will be willing to cover the cost of HGV driver training is to put in some serious research time. A quick Google search will reveal transport and distribution companies in your local area – drop them an email or give them a call to see if they have any HGV driver funding initiatives and are actively seeking drivers. You might strike gold.

      Does the funding cover 100% of the training?

      In the case of the government-funded skills bootcamps, the government covers the entire cost of the HGV driver training, making it a very attractive choice for those looking to save a few pennies.

      When it comes to companies offering HGV training funding in exchange for a work contract, many of them do cover the entire cost – though this is down to each company.

      If you reach out to a company to discuss their funding options, be sure to check whether they’re willing to cover the entire cost. But as long as you find an agreement that suits your needs, you’ll be on a good footing to become an HGV driver.

      Funding for HGV Training - HGV Training Network

      Who is eligible for HGV training funding?

      As long as you are over the age of 19 and have a full UK driving licence (cat B), you are eligible to apply for HGV training via a government-funded skills bootcamp. 

      You may also be eligible for a skills bootcamp if you have recently become unemployed and are actively looking to get back into work – some bootcamps have been specifically aimed at those who are out of work and want to boost their skills to secure more jobs in the future.

      In terms of private funding from companies, they may set their own parameters as to who is eligible for funding, so be sure to discuss this with them when you first speak to make sure you qualify.

      Do you have to be a UK citizen for funding to apply?

      Yes, to secure government funding for a skills bootcamp, you will need to be a UK citizen.

      It is also highly likely that you will need to be a UK citizen to secure funded training with a company, but again, they will have their own parameters which should be discussed.

      Do you have to pay back any funding for HGV training?

      The beauty of the government-funded skills bootcamps for HGV training is that the entire cost is covered by the state – meaning you won’t need to pay back a penny.

      Depending on the specifics of the deal you reach with a private company – should you go down this route – you may need to pay back the cost of some or all of the training over time. But many of them offer to cover the cost of the training in full to secure your services.

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      How to apply for HGV funding?

      To apply for a government-funded HGV skills bootcamp before they expire in March 2024, you can search the official directory of skills bootcamp providers on the government website here.

      These training providers are filtered by location, making it easy to find a skills bootcamp near you.

      Is it better to do HGV training on funding or personal finance?

      The answer to this question is down to your personal circumstances. 

      For many, the option to receive funding to cover the cost of HGV training can be a massive help, allowing them to focus on their studies safely in the knowledge they are financially stable.

      Having said that, if you’re able to afford to fund your own HGV training and would rather avoid the rigmarole of applying for funding – or rushing to meet the March 2024 deadline –  privately funding your HGV studies is a valid option chosen by many.

      Alternatively, at HGV Training Network, we’re home to an attractive finance package which will allow you to pay for your HGV training in more manageable chunks, rather than a single lump sum.

      If you’d like to know more about our finance packages, or our driving courses, feel free to get in touch with us today to take the first step on becoming a fully-fledged HGV driver.

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        The world of professional HGV driving is incredibly lucrative, with high salaries and plenty of job opportunities to choose from.

        But before you can get behind the wheel and become an HGV driver, you’ll need to complete both theory and practical HGV driver training with a trusted training provider.

        If you’re eager to fully understand the ins and outs of the HGV training process and everything you can expect from a HGV training course, keep reading to find out all you need to know.

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        What’s involved in HGV training?

        Just like learning to drive a car, HGV driver training involves plenty of hands-on training and preparation, a theory test, and a practical examination at the end of the course.

        Step 1 – Pass your medical

        To ensure you’re fit to drive an HGV safely on the road, you’ll first have to undergo a medical exam.

        Your medical will be conducted by a doctor, who will then fill out an official DVLA form outlining vital health details – the questions they ask will help them establish whether you have any conditions that may hinder your ability to drive safely, such as sleep disorders or neurological problems.

        Then, it’s up to the DVLA to give you the green light to begin your HGV training.

        Step 2 – Pass a theory test

        After getting the all-clear from the DVLA, you can start looking towards your theory examination – revising for this can be done even before you’re cleared to drive if you want to get ahead of the game.

        The theory test is split into two: a multiple-choice section to assess your knowledge of the road and the hazard perception, which evaluates your understanding of potential hazards.

        You must pass your theory exam to undertake your practical test – for more information about the theory section of our training courses, take a look at our HGV Theory Test Explained blog.

        Step 3 – Pass your practical driver training

        Once you’ve completed your theory, you’ll start your practical training and learn how to operate a heavy goods vehicle correctly.

        You’ll only learn from a qualified and seasoned instructor, who has “been there and done that” – under their guidance, you’ll gain the essential driving skills required to pass your practical test.

        After passing your practical examination, you’ll gain your HGV licence and become a newly qualified driver ready to embark on the final part of training and enter the exciting and satisfying world of HGV driving.

        HGV training process - HGV Training Network

        Step 4 – Do your CPC training

        Your HGV training course concludes with the completion of your initial driver CPC, also known as a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence – all HGV drivers must complete their CPC before applying for professional driver roles.

        The CPC qualification is split into two modules: the case study test and the practical demonstration test.

        After passing, you’ll be issued a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), valid for 5 years – after which you’ll have to complete driver CPC training again.

        Is HGV training hard?

        For many, the thought of tests often invokes feelings of dread – however, with the correct preparation and guidance from experienced instructors who know how to help you pass with flying colours, the process is made much easier.

        Similarly to your car test, the following will make your HGV training course feel like a breeze:

        1. Effective revision materials
          Official revision software that explores everything you need to know for your theory test should support you in passing the first time – this can include the official DVLA pack, apps or textbooks depending on your preference.
        2. Quality training
          Learning from the best instructors who know exactly what examiners are looking for from students can make your training more straightforward.
          By having plenty of experience in the industry, they’re aware of the best ways to teach budding HGV drivers how to drive vehicles that are much bigger than the cars and bikes they’re familiar with.
        3. Plenty of practice
          Although it may sound incredibly cliche, “practice makes perfect” is certainly key when it comes to making your HGV training much simpler.
          By practising turns and manoeuvres over and over, you naturally become more familiar with operating HGVs, meaning gaining your licence will be less difficult.
        4. Calmness and confidence
          Keeping calm and composed, whilst having the confidence to know you can achieve your HGV licence will help to ease the pressure you may feel towards your HGV test.
          Working with your instructor and plenty of practice will help to alleviate test nerves.
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        How long does an HGV course take?

        On the whole, it can take between 2-3 months from applying for your provisional HGV licence to gaining your full licence.

        Here’s an average training breakdown

        If you have previous training, you may only need to complete your driver CPC – if you need clarification, it’s best to contact the HGV Training Network today for further guidance.

        What HGV licence do I need first?

        To undertake any HGV training, whether it be to qualify as a 7.5-ton lorry or Class 1 driver, you’ll need an HGV provisional licence of the correct class, awarded by the DVLA. 

        You can read all about how to apply for a provisional HGV licence at GOV.UK.

        It’s important to note changes in the law as of November 15th 2021 – this regulation states that anyone looking to gain their Class 1 can now jump straight to this training without having previously earned their Class 2 Cat C licence.

        All you need to do is send your driving licence off with a completed D2 application, which means you’ll have the C+E provisional entitlement put on your licence, enabling you to undergo Class 1 training.

        HGV Training Requirements

        There are a few requirements you need to be aware of before booking your place on an HGV training course in the UK.

        Firstly, you must be medically fit to drive a vehicle, as outlined previously. This is why you need to undergo a mandatory medical test conducted by a medical professional before you start learning.

        And, as obvious as it may sound, you’ll also need to hold a Category B licence, also known as a standard car licence – it must be in date, so be sure to get it renewed if needed.

        Lastly, you must be 18 or over to participate in HGV training.

        What do I learn during HGV training?

        During your HGV training course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of HGV driving, from how to operate a much bigger vehicle to vital vehicle safety checks necessary by law.

        Here’s a list of what you can expect to learn on your HGV training course:

        • Use of vehicle controls
        • Vehicle checks, such as assessing braking performance
        • Bay reversing 
        • 90-degree turns and overtaking in a bulkier vehicle
        • Load securing

        Becoming fully trained in the above will help you pass your practical test with flying colours, and provide you with the skills needed to operate a HGV confidently and safely.

        What HGV licence do I need first?

        To undertake any HGV training, whether it be to qualify as a 7.5-ton lorry or Class 1 driver, you’ll need an HGV provisional licence of the correct class, awarded by the DVLA. 

        You can read all about how to apply for a provisional HGV licence at GOV.UK.

        It’s important to note changes in the law as of November 15th 2021 – this regulation states that anyone looking to gain their Class 1 can now jump straight to this training without having previously earned their Class 2 Cat C licence.

        All you need to do is send your driving licence off with a completed D2 application, which means you’ll have the C+E provisional entitlement put on your licence, enabling you to undergo Class 1 training.

        HGV Training Requirements

        There are a few requirements you need to be aware of before booking your place on an HGV training course in the UK.

        Firstly, you must be medically fit to drive a vehicle, as outlined previously. This is why you need to undergo a mandatory medical test conducted by a medical professional before you start learning.

        And, as obvious as it may sound, you’ll also need to hold a Category B licence, also known as a standard car licence – it must be in date, so be sure to get it renewed if needed.

        Lastly, you must be 18 or over to participate in HGV training.

        HGV training process - HGV Training Network

        What do I learn during HGV training?

        During your HGV training course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of HGV driving, from how to operate a much bigger vehicle to vital vehicle safety checks necessary by law.

        Here’s a list of what you can expect to learn on your HGV training course:

        • Use of vehicle controls
        • Vehicle checks, such as assessing braking performance
        • Bay reversing 
        • 90-degree turns and overtaking in a bulkier vehicle
        • Load securing

        Becoming fully trained in the above will help you pass your practical test with flying colours, and provide you with the skills needed to operate a HGV confidently and safely.

        Start your HGV driver journey now with the HGV Training Network

        Now is the perfect time to switch professions and start your enjoyable and fulfilling HGV driver career.

        Here at the HGV Training Network, we’re an expert training provider with exceptional pass rates, helping trainee drivers across the UK to earn their HGV licences.

        If you’d like to know more about the HGV training courses we provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team, and we’ll assist you in any way we can.

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        In depth guide to being a HGV driver - HGV Training Network
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        If you are considering a career change and HGV driving looks like the right career for you, there are a few steps you will have to complete before you can get out on the open road.

        One of which is the HGV training test.

        But don’t panic, you don’t have to spend hours researching online to see what is best for you – we’ve compiled everything you need to know in one place!

        All you need to know about your HGV training test - HGV Training Network

        What is the HGV training test? 

        The HGV training testing is actually made up of multiple smaller tests and includes your theory, CPC, and practical driving tests. 

        • Driver CPC part 1 test: theory – this is referred to as your theory test and involves multiple choice and hazard perception tests. 
        • Driver CPC part 2 test: case studies (CPC test)
        • Driver CPC part 3a test: off-road exercises (CPC test)
        • Driver CPC part 3b test: on-road driving – this is your practical driving test. 
        • Driver CPC part 4 test: practical demonstration (CPC test)

        Multiple choice segment 

        In this section, you will have 1 hour and 15 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions, choosing the correct answer once you have read the question carefully. 

        You don’t have to use the fill time allowance and can flag questions you aren’t sure about to save them until the end, giving you another chance to answer them correctly. 

        To pass this section, you will need to score at least 85/100, or you will need to resit it. 

        Hazard perception segment 

        In this section, you will watch 19 computer-generated clips of journeys on UK roads and try to spot the hazards as they occur. 

        18 clips will have 1 developing hazard, and one will have 2, and your job is to identify the hazards by clicking them as quickly as possible to score the maximum number of available points, from a scale of 0-5. 

        When you click a small red flag will appear at the bottom of your screen so you know it has worked, and while you won’t lose points for clicking at events that are not hazards, repeatedly clicking can be seen as cheating and will lead to a score of 0 for that clip alone. 

        You will have an hour in total and to pass this section, you will need to score at least 67/100. 

        What is test day like?

        Your theory test day for the HGV theory test is very similar to the same day for your car test and starts with getting yourself to your DVSA test centre in good time. 

        When you arrive you will asked to store your personal items, such as your coat, phone, and wallet, in a locker or similarly secure location, removing only your driving licence and a bottle of water – though this can differ centre by centre so is worth checking.

        Then you will check in, show your documents to the DVSA staff, and sign electronically to confirm your identity, before sitting in the waiting room until it is your allotted time to go in. 

        Once called, you’ll be taken through to the computer room and the theory test computer process will be explained to you. You will also be asked to empty your pockets and your ears will be visually checked to make sure you aren’t wearing earphones to help you cheat.

        You’ll then be shown to your seat and the test will begin – if you have booked to complete both sections you will start with the multiple-choice questions followed by the hazard perception segment. 

        After your test(s), you’ll go back to the waiting room while the computer system calculates your results, which will be given to you by the DVSA staff on a folded letter – to keep it private. 

        Whatever your results, you will then leave – it is important to note that even if you need to, you can’t book in for another theory HGV test at the DVSA test centre, you can only do this online.

        How long does an HGV test take? 

        Completing your HGV theory test should take at least 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus extra time for checking in and waiting for your results at the end. 

        To be sure you aren’t in a rush, it’s best to set aside around 3 hours for your theory test, but rest assured, you will be out of the centre long before then. 

        It is also encouraged to arrive at the centre with a little time to spare beforehand, to allow you to find the room, use the facilities if you need them, and check in before your allotted time – as if you are late you can be refused entry. 

        All you need to know about your HGV training test - HGV Training Network

        Can I take my HGV driving test in another language?

        Unfortunately, as of 7th April 2014, you can no longer take a driving test in any language other than English, Welsh, or British Sign Language (BSL). 

        This includes the use of:

        • A foreign language voiceover on the theory test 
        • A foreign language interpreter on your theory or practical HGV driving tests

        However, there is a vast range of preparation test materials you can use in your native language to help get you ready for your tests – and many of these can be completed on a phone or tablet at your convenience. 

        Can you book multiple HGV driving tests? 

        Though it may seem a good way to safeguard against failing, it is not possible to book multiples of the same HGV tests – for example, multiple practical tests.  

        If you are booking different HGV tests, however, for example, your theory, and practical tests, you can and most likely will have multiple tests booked at once. 

        This is because the full regimen of HGV driving tests is made up of many smaller tests – including the theory tests, your practical driving test, and the CPC elements. 

        The bottom line is, that as long as you haven’t booked multiples of the same type of test, you will be fine.   

        How to pass the HGV test

        Every driver wants to pass their HGV driving test first time, firstly as a matter of pride but also to help them save money and get earning faster.  

        To help with this endeavour, what will help you pass your HGV test the first time? 

        What skills do I need to pass the HGV licence?

        As part of your HGV training, our experienced and helpful instructors will help you develop the skills you need to pass your many HGV tests.

        These skills include: 

        • Communication 
        • Stress management
        • The ability to work independently
        • Identifying and dealing with hazards 
        • Problem-solving 
        • HGV driving 
        • Attention to detail 
        • Effective time management 
        • Reliability 
        • Concentration skills 
        • Patient and calm driving 

        You may already have developed some of these skills from your educational and working background, which gives you a good head start that you can capitalise on. 

        HGV driving test pass rates

        According to the latest data from the DVSA, the pass rate for the HGV practical theory tests was as follows:

        • Multiple-choice questions – 68.7%
        • Hazard perception – 84.7%

        Which demonstrates an increase in data from the previous year (2020).

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        How many minors are you allowed on an HGV training test?

        Just like with a Cat B car driving test, your practical HGV test has no minimum pass mark and is based on the collection of driving faults while you are behind the wheel. 

        Faults are classed as either minor or serious/ dangerous, and to pass you need 15 or fewer minors and no serious faults. This could mean you get 4 or 13 minors; it doesn’t matter, you will still pass. 

        Likewise, you could get 7 or only 1 minor fault, but as soon as you collect 1 serious fault, you will fail. 

        But try not to worry, as long as you listen to your instructor, drive at a sensible speed for the type of road you are on, and observe regularly, you will be able to anticipate hazards and act in good time – avoiding serious faults.

        How to study for your HGV practical test?

        If you are currently preparing for your HGV theory test, the most important thing to remember with studying and revision is frequency. 

        No matter how you revise, doing it in smaller bursts regularly will help you to learn and remember the information you need to pass.

        There is now a vast array of materials available to help you pass, from apps to the GOV website, YouTube videos, and even TikToks, but most trainees also use trusted DVSA books, like:

        • The Highway Code – just make sure it is the most recent copy 
        • Know Your Traffic Signs
        • The Official DVSA Guide to Driving Goods Vehicles

        If you train with HGVTN, you will receive access to free online theory practice software that is designed to help you pass the first time – which can be great for revising at home and on the go!

        Minimum driver hours for HGV test 

        Perhaps surprisingly, there are no minimum driver hours that you must complete before taking your HGV theory test and it is possible to take your theory test before you step behind the wheel, especially if you are taking your theory test before you start your practical training. 

        However, some encourage you to combine revising for your theory with practical training as it increases your exposure to road signs and markings, as well as common situations that can be covered in the hazard perception segment – helping you to revise in real-time. 

        It can also help you to pass more quickly, which is important for some learners. 

        Most common HGV driving test fails

        To pass your HGV driving test, you need to make:

        • No more than 12 driving faults (or ‘minors’)
        • No serious or dangerous faults (or ‘majors’) 

        In reverse order, the 5 most common reasons people fail their HGV test in the UK are:

        5. Move off – safety 

        Failure to move off safely from a range of road and traffic conditions will result in failure.  

        It is essential that you always observe effectively, take your time, and only drive on when you are ready. 

        4. Mirrors – change direction 

        Another common error is to omit checking in your mirrors before you change direction. 

        Using mirrors and looking thoroughly before you change direction will help stop this from becoming a hazard and keep you and others safe on UK roads.

        3. Control – steering 

        Just as you would in a car, you mustn’t make contact with the kerb while turning – while gentle contact is unlikely to result in failure, mounting the kerb will probably lead to test failure.  

        2. Junctions – observations 

        Surprisingly, the second most common reason for test failure is failing to observe carefully enough at a junction. 

        Never pull out while not looking and ensure you don’t pull out into a gap that is too small, which means others or even your instructor will have to take action on your behalf. 

        1. Reverse left – Control

        With the most recorded fails according to DVSA data, incorrect control during reversing usually fails HGV drivers.

        There is no penalty for taking your time and remaining in control, but thanks to the stress of the situation trainee HGV drivers often rush, become dangerous, and complete it in a manner that puts you and other road users at risk.

        Top tips for HGV practical test

        In the run-up to your test, we have a range of top tips you can follow to help you pass first time. These include:

        • Only taking your test when you are ready 
        • Checking the details, including what you need to bring and when
        • Get a good night’s rest and have something to eat and drink beforehand
        • Decide what time you will arrive and make sure not to arrive too early or late 
        • Wear something comfortable that suits the weather 

        This will leave you free to focus on the following during your test itself:

        • Remove distractions before you set off, including keys, phones, music, etc. 
        • Check your blind spots regularly 
        • Use your mirrors, about every 15 seconds or so is best to ensure there are no surprises 
        • Anticipate things in good time, for example, having to slow down, and complete anticipatory movements smoothly
        • Stay calm and get over small mistakes quickly – dwelling on mistakes can lead to sloppier driving
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        Get HGV test ready with HGVTN

        At HGV Training Network we offer HGV training and CPC training from over 50 locations across the UK, allowing you to train close to home and reduce your commute. 

        We also include free online HGV theory learning materials and one-to-one support to help you become an HGV driver sooner. 

        To get started, find your nearest location or call us on 0800 254 5007 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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        If you’ve been considering a career switch lately, heading out on the open road as an HGV driver may have come across your radar – and with good reason.

        HGV drivers enjoy independence in their role, excellent rates of pay, a good work-life balance, and the chance to travel all over the country (and potentially the world) among a host of other benefits.

        But you may be wondering – what does an HGV driver do in their day-to-day? Is there anything involved in the job that’s not quite as obvious? And would it be the right job for me?

        At HGV Training Network, we’re here to give you the low-down on what’s involved in the job of an HGV driver, so you have a better understanding before you take the leap and get your HGV driving licence – along with a professional driving qualification called the certificate of professional competence (CPC).

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        What is the average HGV driver’s salary?

        There’s no such thing as an ‘average’ day when you’re an HGV driver – the road always presents new and exciting challenges. But there are certain things every driver ticks off their list as part of their daily routine. These include things like:

        • Getting up early in the morning or sleeping in to work later in the evening – depending on their schedule.
        • Arriving at the depot to clock in, inspect their vehicle and collect their goods before heading out for the day.
        • Driving in busy towns, cities and motorways with fluctuating levels of traffic.
        • Enjoying some peace and independence while they’re behind the wheel
        • Making a single drop-off or multiple stops throughout the day, depending on the items in question.
        • Returning to the depot to drop off their HGV after their shift, before returning home.

        The benefits of a career as an HGV driver for women

        While it may be a male-dominated industry (99% of HGV drivers are male), more and more women are being encouraged to step into HGV driver roles after completing their HGV driver training.

        Just as the road presents plenty of benefits for men, those same benefits still apply to women who wish to drive for a living. Female HGV drivers can enjoy excellent wages, shift work that fits around their busy personal schedules, and a role that offers plenty of peace, privacy and adventure.

        Plus, by becoming a female HGV driver, you’ll be helping to cause a seismic shift in the opportunities in HGV driving that are open to women, encouraging more women to join the ranks and change their working lives for the better.

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        What are the wages for HGV drivers?

        HGV driver wages are one of the key reasons so many people have made the switch to HGV driving in recent years – not only is it a fulfilling job, but also a very lucrative one.

        To put things into perspective, a beginner HGV driver can easily accrue a salary of over £25,000 per year, with the average HGV driver salary in the UK earning around an impressive £35,000.

        But that’s just the average. Depending on where you live, you stand to earn considerably more than this. In and around London, for example, HGV driver wages are far greater, on average, than they are in the North of England.

        However, more experienced drivers in the right part of the country, working for the right company, can earn in the region of £60,000!

        Do HGV drivers get paid per trip or per hour?

        This can differ from company to company. A tenured HGV driver working for the same company for several years may be paid purely on a salary basis – a set amount per month. However, many HGV drivers who switch between working for numerous companies can be paid on both a per-hour or per-trip basis, at the discretion of the company involved.

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        How does overtime work as an HGV driver?

        If there is an overspill of work and companies need HGV drivers for longer than they anticipated, these companies can offer drivers overtime to meet demand. In this case, the drivers are usually paid on a per-hour basis and will receive the appropriate payment for the extra hours they have worked.

        However, accepting overtime as an HGV driver is a decision that needs to be taken carefully. By law, drivers are only allowed to spend a certain amount of time behind the wheel per day and must take at least a 45-minute break after every 4.5 hours of driving. If a company tries to make an HGV driver exceed the time restrictions of these rules, they are putting themselves in a very morally and legally grey area.

        Having said that, drivers who stick to the accepted periods and enjoy the right amount of rest are more than welcome to accept overtime on their originally-scheduled days off, as this can act as a handy boost to their pay packets.

        Will HGV driver wages go up?

        Given there is still a huge demand for HGV drivers across the country (more on that in a moment) and that HGV driver wages seem to have been steadily rising  – with the occasional dip – in recent years, there’s every reason to assume wages will continue to rise at a similar rate.

        It all depends on three factors: 

        • Overall wages rising in line with inflation
        • The demand for drivers 
        • The value of the jobs they’re expected to undertake

        If more high-value clientele require experienced and reliable drivers, there’s no reason they wouldn’t compensate these drivers accordingly with increased wages. Time will tell.

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        Is there an HGV driver union?

        Yes – much like other professions, it is important for HGV drivers to ensure they receive fair treatment from their employers on a host of different matters. Enrolling in a union is one way to help make this happen.

        HGV drivers can join various worker’s unions to gain the support they seek, should an issue arise that cannot be solved alone. Some driver-specific unions deal exclusively with those in the driving profession.

        What is the demand for HGV drivers?

        In 2021, there was a national shortage of around 100,000 HGV drivers, creating a substantial problem in the industry and leaving many important driving jobs unfulfilled. This is, in part, due to older, more experienced drivers retiring with not enough young recruits learning the trade.

        However, things have improved somewhat in recent months. In March 2023, the shortage had lessened from 100,000 to 60,000 thanks to government schemes, impressive HGV training courses and attractive wages, amongst other reasons – though there is still a long way to go. So if you’re interested in becoming an HGV driver, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for you.

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        Can you still take holidays as an HGV driver?

        Taking holidays as an HGV driver will undoubtedly differ from company to company. But, overall, HGV drivers are just as entitled to paid holiday time as anyone in any other profession. 

        Consider HGV Training Network for your first steps into HGV driving

        If becoming an HGV/lorry driver, earning your HGV licence and driver certificate of professional competence sounds like the right career move for you, HGV Training Network is here to help. 

        With 50 training centres across the UK, all manned by experienced and personable HGV training providers, we’re your number-one pick for HGV training in the UK.

        Alternatively, we also offer other qualifications, if you’re looking to do something a little different – like becoming a bus driver, for instance.Get in touch with the HGV Training Network team today to find out more.

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        If you’re looking for a new profession and an HGV career is catching your eye, then you’re most likely interested in the potential earnings you can make.

        Our experts, with many years in the industry, have produced a helpful guide explaining the ins and outs of everything you need to know about HGV driver earnings.

        Keep reading to find out just how profitable the wonderful world of professional driving is!

        HGV driver salary explained - HGV Training Network

        What is the average HGV driver’s salary?

        In the UK, HGV drivers can expect to earn an average salary of £30,000, which works out to around a handsome £15.47 per hour – but, this differs between regions and companies.

        Not bad for a job that offers super-high job satisfaction and plenty of travel opportunities for you to enjoy, right?

        What’s more, this figure doesn’t include potential benefits, such as health insurance, or bonuses from generous employers who always look to reward staff for high work performance.

        Do HGV driver earnings rise in line with inflation?

        As discussed, driver earnings vary depending on the employer, however, trans.info reports that some drivers working for major companies such as Heinz have experienced pay rises in recent months. 

        Given the demand for drivers, employers are having to keep up with rising inflation to ensure their HGV operators can live comfortably and prevent strikes.

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        Other high-paying HGV driver locations

        There are several other great paying HGV driver locations across Britain, including:

        • The West Midlands
        • Yorkshire
        • The North East
        • Scotland

        How much can HGV drivers earn?

        Ultimately, the amount an HGV driver can earn is subject to several factors like location and hours worked – it’s also important to remember that salaries aren’t standard across the board.

        Firstly, as mentioned earlier, location plays a role in how much money you can expect to make per year. Like most jobs, London wages are often the highest, however, this is often concerning the high cost of living there compared to other parts of the UK.

        Secondly, if you have a full-time job, you will typically receive more money than a part-time driver working fewer hours. 40-45 hours per is the standard for a full-time HGV driver position, so annual salaries are usually based on this.

        Lastly, the type of HGV you drive will also determine how much you can earn, which we’ll explore more in the following section.

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        Which HGV drivers make the most money?

        1. ADR vehicle drivers

        At the top end of the scale and making the most money are ADR drivers – this type of HGV driver is responsible for transporting tankards across the UK that contain dangerous and toxic substances, such as fuel.

        These driver jobs can earn beyond £45,000, depending on your experience, location and employer.

        To become an ADR driver, you must earn an ADR Training Certificate to show you know how to handle the transportation and distribution of flammable and corrosive substances.

        2. Class 1 HGV drivers (Category C+E)

        A driver of an articulated vehicle weighing between 7.5 tonnes and 44 tonnes can earn a similar mouthwatering salary, sometimes beyond £40,000 for specialist long-haul roles.

        These vehicles are the long HGVs you come across on the motorway that have long detachable trailers.

        Those driving Class 1 HGV vehicles are usually employed by distribution companies, such as Royal Mail, or manufacturers and retailers as part of their supply and logistics chain.

        3. Class 2 HGV drivers (Category C)

        Perfect for new drivers entering the industry, those qualified to drive rigid HGVs can earn a sizeable wage up to £40,000 for a 45-hour driving week.

        This type of lorry weighs over 7.5 tonnes, without exceeding 32 tonnes – jobs that involve driving category C vehicles include delivering goods from supplier to client, such as warehouses to stores or hospitals.

        4. 7.5 Ton – (Category C1)

        Also known as a final mile heavy goods vehicle, a category C1 truck is one weighing up to 7.5 tonnes – jobs that involve driving these smaller lorries can expect salaries up to a delightful £30,000.

        As usual, when it comes to HGV driving, your wage will depend on the hours you work per week, your location and the company you work for.

        As a Category C1 driver, you can apply for jobs including delivering food orders from supermarkets to customers, or furniture removals if you’d prefer.

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        Where pays the most for HGV training?

        Certain regions across the UK pay more than others for HGV drivers and their skill sets – this may be due to HGV drivers being scarce in the area, and where there’s high demand, there are higher wages.
        Or it can result from a greater need for lorry drivers in the region due to more industry or logistics chains in the area.

        According to NimbleFins, the place that offers the highest HGV driver salaries is the East Midlands, which pays £30,496 on average – this figure takes into account the cost of living in the region too, otherwise, London would take the top spot at £31,110.

        Do HGV drivers earn more in major cities?

        Typically, HGV drivers in big cities have higher incomes than those in other parts of the nation, but this is usually to meet the high costs of city living.

        But it’s regions with a better cost of living ratio (the greater the better) that enable you to bring more disposable income home, as you don’t pay as much for necessities and housing costs.

        Such regions include the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East, as mentioned earlier.

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        What expenses are covered when working away?

        Drivers who work long days away or overnight typically have their out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed by their employer if the costs meet a set allowance. 

        Such costs include meal allowances and overnight stay fees.
        According to GOV.UK, if you sleep in your sleeper cab, you can usually claim up to £26.20 per night. If you stay in a hotel, you can claim up to £34.90 per night – however, these totals also cover the cost of food.

        Day shift vs night vs weekend

        Night and weekend driving hours tend to pay more as they’re classed as unsociable hours – but this could vary between companies.

        So, it’s best to check with your potential employer if pay will increase during these hours.

        Start your rewarding driving career today with HGV Training Network

        Are high wages and the chance to travel simply too good to resist? To enter the fulfilling industry of supply and logistics, you’ll need to embark on a professional HGV training course to become a fully qualified HGV driver.

        Our seasoned instructors have helped hundreds of people earn their HGV licence and kickstart their HGV driving careers. Plus, with over 50 modern HGV driving training centres across the UK, you’re sure to find a facility near you!

        To begin your professional driving journey or to simply speak to one of our friendly team, call us on 0800 254 5007 or fill in our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.

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        The rules surrounding getting an HGV licence and HGV training can be confusing at the best of times, even for those of you who are already HGV licence holders, and always raise questions: “What licence lets me drive what vehicle?” “Do I need to undertake any extra training to switch vehicles?” And so on.
        As we try to move towards a more eco-friendly world, the rules surrounding electric vehicles also add more confusion to the mix, with many HGV drivers, fleets and distribution companies worrying new rules and regulations may cost them a fortune. However, some recent news has come as a serious relief to many.

        If you’re a professional HGV driver or are considering earning an HGV licence or LGV lorry licence and are wondering whether this recent news affects your driving status, keep reading…

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        Are HGV licence requirements changing?

        Yes, there have been some minor – but important – developments in HGV training and HGV licences you should know about…

        The government recently announced that it will be SCRAPPING the requirement for drivers with a Category B car licence to undertake an extra 5 hours of training before they’re legally allowed to drive “alternatively-fuelled goods vans” (AKA electric vans) of up to 4,250kg.

        This means that drivers with a Cat B licence can drive vehicles weighing 4,250kg (as long as they’re electric) without halting their work or re-training to earn a higher category of licence should they begin to drive more electric-powered vans this weight in the future – which is expected.

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        Why is all this happening?

        The UK government has been making steady (yet slow) progress towards creating a greener, more energy-efficient world for future generations. Given that emissions from cars and vans contribute approximately 20% of the country’s overall carbon emissions (which may not sound like a lot, but the government considers this a big issue in their plans) steps have been taken to encourage the adoption of electric cars and electric vans.

        As part of this plan, the government says the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles of all kinds will be gradually “phased out” by 2030 – the thought being that all vehicles will benefit from zero emissions by 2035. It’s a bold task, but one that is making some progress with announcements like the one above. 

        In 2018, the government was able to obtain a derogation (a pass, in other words) from the European Commission which allowed Cat B drivers to drive electric heavy goods vehicles of up to 4,250kg in weight, which is higher than the previous limit of 3,500kg. This was in answer to the differences presented by electric goods vehicles.

        Because electric cars and vans operate using large batteries, which are often much heavier than engines and other parts found in petrol vehicles, drivers of these vehicles can expect them to be much heavier than the traditional alternative – including goods vehicles. Because electric goods vehicles often exceeded 3,500kg, the government had previously required drivers to take 5 hours of extra training to get to grips with said vehicles.

        However, as time has passed, this change has shown that the extra training comes at a great cost to drivers and companies and can significantly stunt the progress of deliveries while drivers step aside for the 5 hours as required. Which is why the government has decided to do away with this training altogether.

        Now, Category B drivers are allowed to drive these heavier electric vehicles without taking any extra training or shooting for a different licence, which would cost them more time and money.

        If you would like to read more about these changes, why they’ve occurred and the next steps the government is taking, you can read the official executive summary on the GOV.UK website here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency for more information.

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        Do you need to do anything with your HGV licence?

        If you hold a Cat B licence and are worried you may not be able to drive these new vehicles as they are more widely introduced, you can relax. The rules have changed in your favour and you’ll be able to drive these vehicles without earning a new licence.

        Having said that, a Cat C licence opens up many new doors for drivers seeking to onboard new work and boost their wages, making further HGV Training an enticing prospect.

        Choose HGV Training Network for all your HGV Training requirements

        If you want to become an HGV driver or lorry driver or want to add to your driving credentials, HGV Training Network is here for you. Our experienced instructors offer in-depth training with a personalised approach, helping you earn the qualifications you need quickly and efficiently while giving you the confidence to head out on the open road and forge a new career. Our training courses are available from over 40 locations across the UK and we offer train now pay later HGV training finance, taking the stress out of affording your training.

        Our HGV training course will cover all aspects of HGV training you need to earn the licence you require – including your provisional licence, practical HGV training, your practical test, your theory test, as well as your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence or Driver CPC qualification. Plus, you won’t need to let the HGV licence cost worry you, as we can provide a finance package to help cover your training fees.If you’d like to find out more about the training services we offer, reach out to us today.

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        Insurance can be a tricky subject for people to understand as it is based on so many variables.

        Add in the extra confusion of having two different licences – a car and an HGV licence – and it gets even more complex.

        To make things clearer, here is everything you need to know about insurance with an HGV licence.

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        Is car insurance cheaper with an HGV licence?

        Car insurance is calculated by providers using a range of factors to ascertain how risky you are as a policyholder. These factors include:

        1. Where you live and the crime rate in your area
        2. The kind of car you drive
        3. Where you normally park
        4. Your driving record
        5. The size of your No Claims Discount (NCD)
        6. The level of cover you choose
        7. The size of your voluntary excess

        But it could also take into consideration your job as a professional driver. This is because you have more practice driving than most, which should in turn make you a better driver.

        Unfortunately, this is dependent on your particular insurance provider, so you shouldn’t assume that just because you drive for a living it will make your car insurance cheaper – but it absolutely is worth asking about when shopping around for policies!

        If you don’t ask, you don’t get right?

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        Do you need HGV insurance if you drive professionally?

        Just as with cars, it is a legal requirement to have HGV or lorry insurance, unless it is registered as out of use with a Statutory Off-Road Notice (SORN).

        HGV insurance covers other motorists, your lorry, and you, as well as the goods you are carrying – which is essential if you frequently carry very high-value haulage.

        HGV insurance comes in the same three levels of cover: Third-Party Only (TPO), Third-Party, Fire and Theft (TPFT), and Comprehensive, allowing you to choose which is best for you and your vehicle and the use of devices like dash cams, telematics (black boxes), and additional security measures can bring the price down slightly.

        If you’re not sure who should be paying the insurance, it is likely to be you, but check with your employer when you start – it should be outlined in your contract.

        Can HGV drivers get discounted insurance?

        This question can be considered in two areas: in your HGV insurance and your car insurance, but it is important to note that NCDs (No Claims Discounts) don’t carry over from one policy to another or are mirrored across the two.

        In your HGV insurance

        HGV insurance is an example of a commercial vehicle insurance policy and as such it will become cheaper as your number of NCDs increases.

        When it comes to HGV insurance discounts, there are providers who prioritise professional drivers in order to attract them as a customer base. Irish provider Cornmarket Insurance appears as the favourite among professional driving forums so it’s worth shopping around.

        Another way to get a discount can be to use specific measures, including:
        1. Dash cams and other surveillance options
        2. Telematics or black box insurance
        3. Additional security measures to secure your load

        In your car insurance

        As we explored above, HGV drivers may be eligible for a discount, but this is down to the individual provider.

        Some car insurance providers do partner with services aimed at HGV drivers in order to offer policyholders a discount, so you should check when comparing packages.

        Suggested insurers that may offer a discount include Shiela’s Wheels, Apricot Insurance, and Cornmarket Insurance.

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        What insurance do you need to drive an HGV abroad?

        What you need to travel safely and legally abroad can change country by country, but you will always need to have HGV insurance, with Third-Party cover being the minimum accepted.

        Some countries in Europe, and the wider world, also require you to have a ‘green card,’ to verify your HGV insurance. These countries include:


        HGV drivers don’t need a green card to drive in the following countries:

        Bosnia and Herzegovina

        It is important to check things out before you leave and keep backup copies of all documents with a friend or family member in case you need further copies while travelling.

        Explore the world with HGV Training Network

        To ensure you have the experience, skills, and support to start your HGV adventure, make sure you choose a reputable, welcoming, and trusted HGV training provider.

        With over 50 nationwide training centres, training materials, and hundreds of happy graduates who are already out on the open road – what are you waiting for?

        For more information, or to book HGV training near you, call our helpful team on 0800 254 5007 or fill in our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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        Considering training for a PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) licence and changing careers?

        Perfect for sociable professional drivers who want to drive to a variety of locations – from tourist destinations to airports – a PCV licence could be the key to getting you behind the wheel of your new life.

        Read on to find out everything you need to know about PCV licences.

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        What is the PCV licence?

        Previously known as the PSV (public service vehicle) licence, a PCV licence comes in two varieties and allows you to drive either:

        Buses and coaches – Cat D licence
        Minibuses – Cat D1 licence

        Depending on what you drive, you can expect a starting salary of around £25,000, rising to £38,000 with more experience – however, this can change depending on your hours, contract, and which company you work for.

        Driving jobs that require these licences combine driving professionally with the sociability of meeting people – making it ideal for more outgoing individuals.

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        The bus and coach licence (Cat D)

        This licence is designed for bus or coach drivers and permits them to carry up to 64 passengers on both single and double-decker vehicles.

        Cat D vehicles have more than 8 passenger seats and are at least 10m long and 2.4m wide.
        These vehicles and their drivers are used for a range of purposes, including:
        School trips
        Coach holidays
        Visiting tourist attractions or large sporting events

        The minibus licence (Cat D1)

        The D1 licence is suitable for drivers who want to drive minibuses with 16 passenger seats or less.

        Cat D1 vehicles should be 5-8m long with a maximum mass of 4 tonnes.

        Minibus drivers can drive to many of the same places as buses and coaches but also frequently can be used as:
        Taxi travel to closer destinations
        For hen or stag dos
        For private hospital transport
        Private event transport – for weddings or funerals
        Local sports events

        How much does a PCV license cost - HGV Training Network

        How do I get my PCV licence?

        Similar to other large vehicle licences, as long as you have your Cat B (car) licence, the stages for gaining your Cat D or D1 licence are as follows:

        Complete your medical examination
        Study for and pass your theory test
        Train and achieve your Cat D/D1 driving test
        Complete your CPC training (Certificate of Professional Competence)

        Then you can look for your very first driving job in either a minibus, bus, or coach

        How much will a PCV licence cost?

        The exact cost of a PCV licence depends on many factors, including your experience level of driving Cat D or Cat D1 vehicles and if you have any previous HGV training.

        For this reason, every learner will need to chat with one of our advisors to get a bespoke, no-obligation quote.

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

        Achieve your PCV licence with HGV Training Network

        With a choice of over 40 locations across the country, you’ll be sure to find a training centre that suits you with the HGV Training Network. We also offer finance on all our training courses allowing you to train now and pay later when you begin your new career.

        For more information, or to book HGV training near you, call our helpful team on 0800 254 5007 or fill in our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch.

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