Having a C1 driving licence allows people to drive vehicles that have a MAM between 3,500kgs up to 7,500kgs. Those who have achieved a C1 entitlement on their licence will be able to drive vehicles up to 7.5-tonnes with a trailer up to 750kgs.
Those who wish to drive a C1 category vehicle with a trailer over 750kgs will be required to complete their C1+E licence. A C1+E licence will enable drivers to operate C1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kgs. However, the combined MAM of the vehicle and trailer cannot be over 12-tonnes.
In order to obtain your C1 licence, you will need to complete one of our C1 courses which will then allow you to drive category C1 vehicle. If the course is successfully passed, you will have your C1 licence.
In order to be eligible to complete one of our C1 courses, you will need to be over 18 years old and already hold a category B (car) licence.
If you passed your category B licence after January 1997 you would need to follow the steps below to obtain your category C1 licence:
In order to become an ambulance driver, you will need to acquire your C1 licence which will allow you to legally drive an ambulance in the UK.
Ambulance driver training can be completed in 4 parts: Attend & pass an LGV medical assessment, apply to the DVSA for provisional entitlements to be added to your licence, complete your theory tests which includes both a Multiple Choice & Hazard Perception tests and finally, you will need to complete your practical driver training to show you can safely operate a C1 category vehicle on the road.
The licence and type of training that you complete will depend on the size of the horsebox/vehicle that you are wishing to drive.
If the horsebox you want to drive has a weight lower than 3.5-tonnes, you only need a standard category B (car) licence. However, any vehicle between 3.5-tonne & 7.5-tonne will require a category C1 licence. If the horsebox you want to operate is over 7.5-tonne, you will need to obtain a CAT C (LGV 2) licence.
Additionally, you may wish to tow a horsebox trailer, which again can vary the type of licence you need to gain. To drive a vehicle and tow a horsebox, you will need to complete your B+E licence.
If you’re planning on driving a vehicle over 7.5-tonne with a trailer over 750kgs, you will need a C1+E licence. Any combination of a vehicle and horsebox trailer that has a combined MAM of both exceeding 12-tonne, you will need to get a C+E licence.
If you are planning on driving a C1 vehicle commercially, you will have to complete driver CPC modules 2 and 4. However, if you are operating an ambulance or horsebox, you will not be required to complete these CPC modules unless you plan to drive a C1 vehicle for hire and reward, meaning for a profit.
Both our C1 and C1+E courses are available to complete at all of our training centres, which includes locations in Portsmouth, Southampton, Reading and Worthing.
We’re confident that our prices are competitive. But in the unlikely event that you receive a lower quotation from another company for the same training, we will match it. What’s more, you can be sure we won’t be compromising on training content or quality.
With our Price Match Promise you can choose 2 Start Ltd with complete confidence.
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