We have proudly provided customers with high quality, professional service since 2009 in all aspects of HGV (LGV) training, from the arrangement of our driver’s medical tests to licensing. The official classification has changed from HGV TO LGV within the industry, and we understand this may be confusing for new learners so if you’d like to find out more please feel free to click the link below for further information.

The Difference between LGV & HGV

Please be aware that you must complete your LGV 2 before moving onto LGV2.

Application Process - Medical
Theory Test
Training and Practical

The LGV Application Process

To begin the process of becoming a LGV/HGV driver you will need to acquire a provisional entitlement and complete a drivers medical exam where you will be assessed on things such as eyesight. These examinations are standard requirements for the majority of driver training courses. Its essential for us that these medicals go as smoothly and stress free as possible so our team can arrange LGV 2 application medicines with local practitioners. Please bring a copy of the completed D4 medical application when you attend your medical (see form below.)

In addition to this form, you must also complete an application for a provisional C license, which we will send to you. Please send it off with your current driving license and D4 medical form in the DVLA envelope we provide.

Download Medical Form

LGV Theory Test

After you’ve obtained your medical examination and provisional entitlement you will begin preparation for the two theory tests. Like a standard driving test there will be the main theory test and hazard perception. To pass these tests you must get at least 85/100 on the theory and 67/100 on the hazard perception. To receive your personal log in details, call our office on 0118 402 1861.

At 2 Start Training we understand that practise is crucial and will highly increase your chances of passing. With this in mind, we offer access to online practise theory test software to maximise the chance of passing first time. If you passed your car test after 1st January 1997, you must sit the CPC case studies test which will be held where the original theory tests are held at your local DCA Centre.

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Providing Expert HVG/LGV Training to Learners from Sussex

Our friendly team are dedicated to helping you choose the best course that will suit your needs, so we will discuss all of this with you. Courses generally occur between Monday-Friday, but testing can take place midweek or on a Saturday if this is more suitable for you. You can only begin your practical LGV driver training once your theory tests are passed successfully.

The training sessions will occur over a five-day period with the sessions beginning at 07:00, 10:30 and 14:00. These sessions are led with a one-to-one instructor over a three-and-a-half-hour period or a two-to-one instructor over a seven-hour period. This means our instructors have plenty of time to completely judge and teach all drivers on various test routes and practise exercises needed to pass your test. If you obtained your original driving license after September 1997 will need to place their initial CPC before they can drive for hire and reward. Learn more about the CPC.?

Q1. Can I drive a truck on my ordinary car driving licence?

If you passed your car driving test before 1st January 1997 you will automatically have “acquired rights” to categories C1, D1 and B+E entitlements which means you can drive goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes, towing a trailer up to 750kg, a minibus up to 16 seats towing a trailer and a car towing any trailer. If you passed your test after 1st January 1997 you are allowed to drive vehicles up 3.5 tonnes (Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter sized vehicles but check the Gross Weight on the vehicles plate because some “Small vans” are not that small!) towing a trailer up to 750kg (but not exceeding a train weight of 3.5tonnes), a minibus up to 8 seats towing a trailer up to 750kg (not exceeding a train weight of 3.5tonnes) and a car towing a trailer up to 750kgs (again, not exceeding the 3.5 tonnes train weight).

Q2. What truck will I be driving?

Q3. Did I need to compete my (C1) 7.5 ton licence before I can move onto my LGV 2?

No, you are able to go straight onto your LGV 2. Once you’ve passed you can also get your (C1) 7.5 tonne license.

Q4. Do I need to complete my LGV 2 before I can go onto my LGV 1?

Yes, you will need to have completed your LGV2 before you can begin learning LGV 1.

Q5. What does LGV stand for?

Large Goods Vehicle; this is the new standard term for HGV.

Q6. What is the process for LGV 2?

To begin the process for your LGV 2 qualification you need to complete a LGV medical, and then send your license to the DVLA to get your LGV 2 (category C) provisional. Once this is returned you are ready to sit your theory tests. If you passed your car test before January 1997 you must complete 2, or 3 if it was after this date. Once complete you can book in for your practical driver training and DVSA practical test. The final part of the training involves the MOD 4 Initial CPC and again this is different depending on when you passed your car test. If this occurred before January 1997 you must complete 35 hours of periodic CPC training and if it was after you must complete the practical MOD 4 training and test.

Q7. How much does it cost to do my LGV 2.

We offer a variety of packages but roughly it will cost about £1000 to £3000 depending on the elements of training you need.

Q8. Do I need to book my own medical?

No need to worry about booking as we will handle everything as part of our fully managed service.

Q9. How long will it take for me to get my LGV 2?

It differs but as a rough guide we say between 6 – 8 weeks if you pass all elements first time.?

Q.10 Do you do just refresher sessions?

We do offer a 3.5 hour refresher session where we can work on any elements of driving of your choice, such as reversing and road driving.

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