2 Start Training will teach you everything you will need to know to safely drive an ambulance. The licence category that you will need to drive an ambulance is called C1. To be able to drive a C1 vehicle or ambulance on the UK roads you will need to complete a few steps to get your C1 licence.
See our handy guide below on all you need to know to be able to drive an ambulance.
You will need to complete a medical before your training begins, which we can arrange for you. A qualified doctor will deem whether you are safe to operate an ambulance by carrying out a series of tests. You will need to take a D4 medical form to your appointment. The doctor will complete this form and declare whether you are fit to drive.
Once you have passed the medical you will then need to fill in a (D2) licence application form. You will then need to send the D2 and D4 application forms, as well as your current drivers’ licence, to the DVLA. They will then return your licence with the provisional entitlement that you have applied for on it.
You will need to complete at least 2 theory tests before you can start your practical Ambulance driver training.
Multiple choice – 100 multiple choice questions cover the basics of safe and proficient driving of large, commercial vehicles. You must receive 85/100 to pass.
Hazard Perception – Hazard perception clips are computer-generated imagery from the perspective of a passenger in the video. You must click when you see a potential or developing hazard on the screen. Each of the 19 clips is 1 minute long and the sooner you react, the more points you will score. You must score 67/100 points to pass.
If you wish to use your C1 licence for hire and reward, you will need to complete the driver’s CPC qualification.
Once you have successfully obtained your provisional licence, taken and passed your medical and theory tests then you will be ready to get behind the wheel and start your practical driver training.
Ambulance driver training is conducted in one of our Iveco Daily 7.5 tonne vans. You will be taken out on the road by one of our highly trained driving instructors. When you are out on the road, you will become familiar with the test route as well as being briefed by your instructor on road safety. You will be required to practice some manoeuvres such as the reversing exercise.
We will arrange your DVSA test for you and you will be informed of the time and location. All that’s left to do is to pass!
You will be informed as soon as your test ends whether you have passed or failed.?
Click the link below to read our article about how you can become an ambulance driver, how much you can earn as an ambulance driver and the qualification that you need to start your new career!
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