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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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. 

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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, CPC training and bus driver 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!

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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.

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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!

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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 including bus driver training, 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:

Albania
Belarus
Moldova
Ukraine
Iran
Israel
Morocco
Tunisia

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

Andorra
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland
Ireland
Liechtenstein
Norway
Serbia
Switzerland

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.

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

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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

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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.

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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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Any sort of driving test can make you anxious – which can, unfortunately, increase your risk of failing your HGV test.

But if you have failed an HGV test three times now, you might well be wondering what you can do to limit your chances of failing a fourth time.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about failing your HGV driving test, so you can limit the chances of it happening to you in future!

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What happens if I fail my HGV test?

Just as with the car driving test, if you’ve failed an HGV test, your examiner will ask you to park up and go through your results with you.

They will talk you through your driving test report, outlining the faults you have made and why specifically you have not passed.

This could be because of:
1. Having amassed 12 or more minor driving faults
2. Committing one serious or dangerous fault – sometimes called majors

If either of these things happens, you will unfortunately fail your HGV driving test.

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How long after taking your theory test can you retake?

After your failed theory test, you will have to wait at least three working days, Monday to Saturday, before you can rebook your HGV theory test.

The rebooking rules are the same if you have also failed your HGV practical driving test.

No matter if you have failed your HGV test three times, or thirteen times, it is essential that you work on the areas identified in your test report.

This test report will be sent to you over email after your last test and can be shared with your instructor to ensure you focus on the areas that need the most improvement, to give yourself the best chance of passing next time.

What’s the pass rate for the HGV theory test?

Exact pass rates can differ across the country, but the UK government data for test pass rates in the year ending March 2022 were:

  • Theory multiple-choice was 64.9%, up 4.1 percentage points versus March 2020
  • Theory hazard perception was 83.4%, up 2.2 percentage points when compared to March 2020
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The most common reasons for failing your HGV driving test

Working in descending order, below are the most common reasons drivers failed their on-road practical HGV driving test between 1st October 2017 to 30th September 2018. 

10. Response to signs and signals – traffic signs

With 1,662 fails recorded, drivers have frequently missed essential road traffic signs on their practical test, including those noting height or weight restrictions on routes. 

Because of the size of your vehicle, it is essential you pay close attention to road signs otherwise you could end up stranded or stuck. 

9. Judgement – meeting an oncoming vehicle 

With 1,693 fails, drivers have not shown competence when meeting an oncoming vehicle, resulting in a serious or dangerous fault, such as blocking narrow roads or overtaking incorrectly. 

8. Awareness – Planning

With an equal number of failures, there were two reasons for failing for awareness and junctions. 

  • Awareness – planning, 2,040 fails. 

Failure to plan ahead, pay close enough attention to vulnerable road users, or failing to ensure your vehicle has passed safely through hazards are all examples of failure to demonstrate awareness and planning ahead. 

7. Junctions – turning right

Also with 2,040 fails poor positioning at a junction, especially when turning right, often results in failure during driving tests as traffic around you then have to take action to avoid you. 

6. Response to signs and signals – traffic lights 

With 2,205 fails, mistakes with traffic lights are fairly common. 

Remember, because of the size and weight of your vehicle, your stopping distance is increased versus a car or bike. As such, you should always anticipate and prepare for stopping at a traffic light! 

5. Move off – safety 

Failure to move off safely from a range of road and traffic conditions will result in drivers joining the 2,594 fails committed in 2017-18. 

Always observe effectively, take your time, and drive on when ready. 

4. Mirrors – change direction 

If you don’t check your mirrors when changing direction, how can you be aware of hazards on either side or behind you? 

Well, you can’t – and changing direction then becomes a hazard. 

Don’t join the 3,187 fails and ensure to look thoroughly in all directions and mirrors before you take action. 

3. Control – steering 

Like the 4,348 drivers who failed because of their steering control, avoid making contact with the kerb while turning. 

Gentle contact is unlikely to result in failure but mounting the kerb will likely result in a fail. 

2. Junctions – observations 

Surprisingly, the second most common reason for test failure, at 5,925 faults, is failing to observe carefully enough at a junction. 

Pulling out into a gap that isn’t large enough can be dangerous for you and other road users – resulting in failure. 

  1. Reverse left – control

With 6,233 recorded fails, incorrect control during the reversing exercise can easily result in a failure. 

Drivers often forget that there is no penalty for taking your time and remaining in control – and examiners would rather you take longer and complete the manoeuvre safely rather than rush and become dangerous. 

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To ensure you face your HGV driving test with confidence, make sure you choose a reputable, welcoming, and trusted HGV training provider. Find your nearest location and get started today.

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After you’ve finished celebrating earning your HGV licence, it’s time to start planning your next move as a newly qualified professional driver.

But before you make any decisions, there are several considerations to think about after finishing your HGV training and gaining your licence.

So, keep reading to find out what you should incorporate into your plans before plotting any future career moves.

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Consider where you want to be based

Firstly, it’s wise to ensure that you’re looking for your first professional driver role in a suitable area – it’s pointless to apply for a permanent role in an area you’re moving away from.

If you know where you’ll be living and you’re leaving soon, it’s worthwhile applying for opportunities in that area – you can find localised roles on sites such as Indeed or LinkedIn.

If you have a few months before relocating, you could opt for a temporary role in the meantime so you’re still earning an income and increasing your experience behind the wheel.
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Decide between  full-time or part-time roles

Just like any other career, you’ll need to consider whether you’re looking for a permanent full-time position or not.

You may desire a part-time role or a contract job depending on your circumstances – these roles are excellent if you share childcare with a partner and can’t commit to full-time work. 

Contract positions are also excellent if you wish to start work quickly if you’re in between places and require more flexibility with time off.

Full-time positions are better suited to…

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Resolve on a specific role 

Within the HGV driving sector, there are many different companies that require your newly acquired skills and qualifications, meaning you can choose a role that best aligns with your needs.

There are financially rewarding commercial supply chains or private retailers that hire their own in-house HGV drivers, such as supermarkets and furniture stores.

However, some roles offer an additional intrinsic reward which may drive you, such as distribution positions that deliver essential supplies to hospitals. 

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Want to speak with one of our helpful team members? If so, call us on 0800 254 5007

 Contemplate earning further licenses

If you currently only hold a Class 2 license, you may wish to consider adding another string to your bow by earning your Class 1.

The Class C1 qualification permits you to drive the largest HGVs, such as the lorries found on motorways weighing between 7.5 and 44 tonnes.

Driving the largest HGVs is incredibly lucrative, with drivers earning upwards of £40,000 per year – plus, additional licenses open the door to future instructing roles if you wish to switch up your career!

After taking some time to contemplate your next steps, you can start to apply for your dream positions in the HGV sector – whatever it may be!

Get in touch with HGV Training Network today

If you’re only just considering earning your first HGV license, we’re on hand to help jumpstart your new and well-paid life on the road.

Here at the HGV Training Network, our experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding a career in HGV driving and book you onto one of our programmes. Simply call our friendly team on 0800 254 5007 for further information –   we’ll be happy to help.

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Considering there are so many different vehicle types and sizes on the roads, each with their own traits and necessary skills, it’s understandable that many of these vehicles require their own licence to operate legally. This is why it’s no surprise that many people who wish to drive a minibus – for personal reasons or professionally – wonder whether they need a special kind of licence before they get behind the wheel.

So what, if any, licence do you need to drive a minibus? And are there any other parameters around driving minibuses people should be aware of? At HGV Training Network, we’re expert providers of HGV training, as well as training for other types of vehicles, so we’re ideally positioned to shed some light on this topic for you.


*Did you know… HGV Training Network is home to training courses covering a variety of vehicles and licences, not just HGVs? Get in touch today to find out more!

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Do you need a licence to drive a minibus?

The short answer is yes and no. The official rules say if you received your driver’s licence after the 1st of January 1997, you’ll need to undertake PCV training (Passenger Carrying Vehicle training) and earn a PCV licence, along with other documents, which we’ll discuss in a moment. If that’s you, and you’re interested in driving minibuses in any capacity, reach out to the HGVTN team today – we can definitely help you. If you received your licence before this date, this rule doesn’t apply to you.

Although, depending on how you’re planning to drive the minibus, and whether or not you’re planning to charge people to ride said minibus, you may or may not require a special kind of licence to drive it. Let us break it down for you…

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The rules if you’re not charging people to ride your minibus

If you’re planning on driving a minibus with passengers, but are only doing so for social purposes and you aren’t planning on charging anyone as a passenger, you do not need a special licence to drive a minibus. You only need your standard car licence, assuming you already have one.

However, according to the UK Government, you must still meet several requirements to drive a minibus outside of a professional capacity:

  • You must be over 21 years of age.
  • You must have had a standard driving licence for at least 2 years.
  • You must meet the Group 2 Medical Standards – click the link to learn more about what these are.
  • You must be driving voluntarily and not, in any way, use the minibus for commercial purposes.
  • The weight of the minibus (with all passengers aboard) must not exceed 3.5 tonnes – though you may also have up to 750kg of equipment to assist disabled users, like a wheelchair ramp.
  • You can not tow a trailer.

These are the rules in place for the UK. However, people planning on travelling abroad sometimes plan on using a minibus to get around. In this case, the UK rules do not apply and you must follow the official rules set out by the government of the country you plan on visiting, so be sure to conduct thorough research and find out exactly what you need before travelling.

What license do I need to drive a minibus?

The rules if you ARE charging people to ride your minibus

If you plan on charging people to ride your minibus, you’ll need both of the following documents:

Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence

The PCV licence will allow you to drive a large vehicle with multiple paying passengers aboard. In this instance, a Category D1 licence obtained through PCV training will allow you to drive vehicles of up to 16 passengers – like minibuses. But larger vehicles with more passengers will require you to obtain a full Category D licence – the kind used if you wish to drive buses or coaches – and you’ll need to undertake further PCV bus training.

To pass PCV training, you’ll need a PCV entitlement (a form of provisional licence), which we can help you obtain. As part of the exam, you’ll need to take a theory test – including a hazard perception test and multiple choice test – as well as undertake practical training at an official training centre before taking a practical driving test.

This will also involve earning your CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence), a qualification all drivers must earn to ensure they’re fit to drive professionally.

Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence

The PSV licence is the licence that allows you to charge for your services if you plan on transporting passengers and accepting payment.

If you’re curious about either of these documents and would like more information on minibus driver training, get in touch with the HGV Training Network team today.

What license do I need to drive a minibus?

The rules if you are only charging people running costs to ride your minibus

Occasionally, you may only wish to charge people the cost of fuel so they can utilise your services. In this case, you only need to apply for a minibus permit, which can be done through the DVSA website.

However, the following standards must be met:

  • You must be over 21 years old.
  • The minibus must be able to carry between 9 and 16 passengers.
  • You must be driving it for a voluntary organisation, such as a charity or for religious purposes etc.
  • The minibus is only to be used by people involved in this organisation and no one else.
  • You will not make any profits from collecting fuel costs from your passengers.
Join our PCV training course and earn the qualifications you need to drive minibuses at HGV Training Network

Whether it’s for professional or personal reasons, if you need to undergo PCV driver training to add a new licence to your collection to drive minibuses, HGV Training Network is here to help. Our training staff is made up of reliable drivers with experience of driving many vehicles, including minibuses, so you’ll be in excellent hands. Speak with a member of the HGVTN team today to book your PCV test and theory tests or to find out more.

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