What is the difference between HGV1 and HGV2?
HGV2, also known as category C and LGV2, is the first qualification needed for those who wish to drive Large Goods Vehicles. It will allow you to drive vehicles that weigh over 3,500kg, with a trailer that weighs up to 750kh (MAM).
HGV1, also known as category CE or LGV1, can only be taken after completing HGV2 training and will allow you to operate category C vehicles that have trailers over 750kg. You may not need this extra qualification, depending on which vehicles and trailers you plan to operate.
As clarified in one of our recent blogs, LGV and HGV now mean the same thing. Although it is important to note that there are two types of qualifications for Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers – HGV1 and HGV2.
Why train with 2 start?
- As discussed in one of our recent blogs, LGV and HGV now mean the same thing.
- Whether or not you will need this extra qualification will depend on what vehicles and trailers you are planning to drive and operate.
- It is important to note however, that there are two types of qualifications for Heavy Goods Vehicles drivers – HGV1 and HGV2.
What do you need to do to become qualified?
Heavy Goods Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes training
Follow the process below to gain your qualification:
- Apply for a provisional entitlement. For more information, view the guidelines on the Gov website.
- You need to obtain a D4 medical form completed by a medical practitioner. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team if you have any queries on this.
- Once these are complete you must take a theory and hazard perception test. We offer access to an online revision system to prepare for the theory test.
- If you passed your driving test after 1977, you will need to sit the CPC test at your local DCA centre. The theory test is all held here.
- Then you will start your practical training. Our courses run over five days and include extensive individual training on driving, manoeuvres and settings, before you finish with your practical exam.
Heavy Goods Vehicles with trailers over 750kg
If you have passed your cat C qualification and would like to drive cat C vehicles with larger trailers, you must take your C+E tests.
- No further medical tests must be taken
- If you passed your cat C license after September 2009, you may have to take your MOD 2 CPC theory test
- Our training courses are exclusively tailored to fully prepare the learner and we have many options available. Our full range of courses can be viewed on our LGV1 course page.
- The test itself lasts approximately 90 minutes. 60 minutes will be spent driving and performing manoeuvres learnt on the course such as an s-shaped reverse bay park and uncoupling/re-coupling a trailer. You will also experience a range of different roads and traffic situations, which you will be prepared for during your training.
Where can I become qualified?
Our training courses run from our Portsmouth, Southampton and Reading facilities and cover Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and West Sussex.
If you’re looking to become a qualified Heavy Goods Vehicle driver, get in touch today with our expert team and book your course today!