What is the medical?
In order to operate any kind of LGV or heavy machinery, the individual must be deemed safe medically to do so. This includes things like eyesight, heart problems and sleep disorders. You must be fit enough to pass the drivers medical. Driving heavy goods vehicles (HGV) can be a demanding job, so you need to be fully assessed. You don’t have to be in amazing physical health – simply reasonably healthy and safe behind the wheel.
What does the medical entail?
All drivers must undergo the medical from a qualified physician. You must take a new medical when your license is due for renewal, to ensure nothing has changed.
The medical will begin with a series of questions, which you must answer honestly. This will include existing conditions and mental health. Next, you will have a physical exam, which measures such things as eyesight. As a driver, your vision is of vital importance. HGV drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20 meters. You can still pass the exam if you need glasses or contact lenses so just ensure you’re honest with the doctor and take them to the test, as you would when you drive.
If you are currently on any medication, ensure you bring it with you to show the doctor. It’s vital they know about any existing medical conditions.
Completing your Medical & Gaining your Provisional Licence
In order to complete your LGV driver medical, you will need to bring a D4 medical form with you to your medical, where the doctor or practitioner will help you fill this form out.
Your medical could last for around 15 minutes and can include:
- Eyesight test.
- Blood pressure test.
- Completing basic health questions.
The team here at 2 Start will help you every step of the way on your journey, which includes arranging and booking your medical for you. You will then need to send your D2 & D4 forms to the DVLA along with your photocard driving licence.
You also need to apply and obtain your LGV provisional licence, which will allow you to begin your practical driver training.
Visit the government website for more info on gaining your provisional LGV licence: https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver/applying-for-a-bus-or-lorry-provisional-entitlement
Once you have passed your medical, submitted your D2 & D4 forms to the DVLA and received your provisional LGV licence back from the DVLA, you will be ready to complete your theory training and tests.
Once you’ve got your medical certificate, it will be valid for four months. For those renewing an existing licence, expect to receive it within three weeks of sending your form off to the DVLA.
At 2 Start training, we are leading suppliers of LGV training. We have helped many learners broaden their horizons and achieve their goals. We are there for our clients every step of the way and help with booking medical examinations. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.