In Short, an LGV (or HGV) licence allows the holder to drive a Category C (Class 2) rigid truck or a Category C+E (Class 1) lorry depending on the Category of HGV licence the person holds. There is no specific weight limit for each Category, as this is defined by the vehicle's number of axels and body design.
Category C+E licence holders on the other hand can drive a rigid lorry with a trailer carrying a weight over 750kg and they can also drive a tractor unit (truck cab) with a trailer also known as an articulated lorry.
The weight restrictions for a Category C+E licence holder are defined by the vehicle's axel weight limits set by the manufacturer of the truck.
There are two different categories of licence for Heavy Goods Vehicles, C and C+E, which each allow the driver to operate a different category of vehicle. However, recent DVSA changes introduced on 15th November 2021 have changed the process needed to obtain your C+E licence.
Category C (LGV 2) rigid lorry driver training is still available and one that 2 Start Training would highly recommend those looking to pursue a career as an HGV C+E (Artic Lorry) driver still consider training for category C LGV 2 before progressing onto training for their Category C+E licence.
The rigid category C LGV 2 lorry driver training historically has been the following progressive step drivers take when going from having a car or better yet, a 7.5-tonne licence to work their way up to gain their artic category C+E LGV 1 licence.
You first need to understand the types of training and their focuses which will impact both your training path and costs.
HGV Training Process, what are the steps?
Step 1 – Meeting the Requirements
The first step into gaining your LGV driving licence is to ensure you meet the minimum requirements which include:
Ensuring you are 18 years old or above.
Ensuring you already hold a Category B car licence.
You will not be able to begin your LGV training if you do not yet hold a car (Category B) driving licence.
Once you are 18 years of age and hold a full UK Category B car driving licence, you are ready to move onto step 2.
To get to this point, you will have successfully passed your driver's medical and gained your provisional licence. You will now need to book both your Hazard Perception and Theory LGV tests.
Depending on the LGV training package you have chosen, our 2 Start team will look to arrange these for you if they are included in your package.
Step 4 – Practical Training & Test
Now that you have passed your theory tests, it is time to start your practical LGV driver training! Here at 2 Start Training, we have a variety of LGV training courses for both CAT C & C+E vehicles. Our team of training advisors will work with you to decide the ideal course that suits all your needs.
Once you have completed your training and our instructors feel you are ready, it will then be up to you to pass your 3a test at an approved training centre and also pass your 3b practical HGV driving test.
Any driver who is hoping to drive a vehicle over 3.5-tonnes commercially or for hire and reward purposes is required to complete 35 hours of periodic CPC training every 5-years.
Those who are new to professional driving and do not currently hold a Category C licence will need to complete Initial CPC training, including their MOD 2 & MOD 4 training and tests. You will then be required to complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years.
What is the difference between Category C and Category C+E?
The licence category classification C (also known as Cat C, LGV 2, HGV 2 and LGV Class 2) qualification allows drivers to operate vehicles over 3,500kg (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM). Licence category classification C+E (also known as Cat CE, LGV 1, HGV 1 and LGV Class 1).
Many ask us if HGV training is cheap? This purely depends on the course you book.
The LGV driving course you require will depend on the category of vehicle you would like to drive and your current level of HGV driving experience.
The cost of the training will be respective of the required number of theory and practical based training hours you will need to receive. This again comes back to your current level of experience and the vehicle classification you wish to drive; we can also offer an evaluation session with one of our instructors who will then be able to advise of the recommended number of training hours you will likely require to be test ready.
What Cat C (LGV 2) training packages are available?
For LGV 2 training, the training packages you can choose from include:
LGV 2 silver package, which includes 17.5 hours of training, medicals, and the theory test, the DVSA test and CPC
LGV 2 gold package, which includes 17.5 hours of initial training, medicals, and the theory test, the DVSA test, CPC and one retest on both theory and driving tests.
LGV 2 professional package, which includes 17.5 initial hours of training, medicals and the theory test, the DVSA test, CPC and two retests on both theory and driving tests.If the course is passed on the first attempt – meaning that the retests are not required – you will be offered a free HIAB or ADR course.
LGV 2 ultimate package, which includes 17.5 initial hours of training, medicals, and the theory test, the DVSA test, practical CPC module 4, two retests and C+E training. This course is everything you need to be able to drive a C rigid to full articulated vehicle C+E. If you pass the course on your first attempt with this package, you will receive the offer of a free HIAB or ADR training course.
What Cat C+E (LGV 1) training packages are available?
For LGV 1, the packages you can choose from include:
LGV 1 Lesson, which includes 3.5 hours of training and a full articulated vehicle and trailer.
LGV 1 bronze package, which includes 14 hours of training, a full articulated vehicle and trailer, and a DVSA test.
LGV 1 silver package, which includes 17.5 hours of training, full articulated vehicle and trailer, the DVSA test and is ideal for beginners.
LGV 1 gold package, which includes 17.5 hours of training, full articulated vehicle and trailer, the DVSA test and is ideal for beginners plus one retest on the driving test.
LGV 1 platinum package, which includes 17.5 hours of initial training, full articulated vehicle and trailer, the DVSA test, two retests and is ideal for beginners. If you purchase this package and you pass the course on your first attempt, you will receive a free 5-day ADR or HIAB course.
To take the above upgrade from LGV 2 to LGV 1 course, you MUST have first passed the LGV 2 course and will not be allowed to participate until you have passed that course.
What does HGV stand for?
HGV stands for Heavy Goods Vehicle and is typically the acronym used in the UK logistics industry when talking about lorry driving. HGV training refers to driver training that includes vehicles with a gross combined mass of over 3500kgs. Furthermore, HGV training and LGV training have no differences with LGV standing for Large Goods Vehicles. An HGV licence is required by anyone who wants to drive a vehicle that is between 3,500kgs & 12,000 kgs.
If you are planning on driving vehicles that fall into these weight categories, you will need to complete HGV driver training. There are two types of HGV licences which are the HGV Class 1 & HGV Class 2 licences.
HGV Driver Training at 2 Start
To obtain an HGV licence, you need to be aged 18 or older, hold a full UK car driving licence, Complete and pass all HGV theory and practical tests and complete any Driver CPC training (if required). If you have completed these steps, you are eligible for an HGV licence.
2 Start Ltd are one of the South Coasts' leading HGV Driver training schools with HGV training facilities at, Southampton, Worthing, Portsmouth, Theale, and Reading.
Our HGV driver training courses cover Category C1 7.5-tonne, C1+E 7.5-tonne with a trailer, Category C Rigid Class 2 and Category C+E Class 1 articulated HGV lorries.
As you can see, 2 Start Training provides HGV driver training for all the critical driving licence categories under the HGV bracket.
Training to become an HGV driver either as a career progression or as a complete change of career entirely is a fantastic idea as recent months have seen the salaries for HGV drivers rise significantly in some areas.
HGV drivers are the backbone of the UK’s economy and logistics distribution network, training to become an HGV driver will allow you to join this in-demand industry sector and help the UK regain its strength logistically after the recent HGV driver shortage.
Are you thinking of completing your HGV training with 2 Start?
Here at 2 Start Training, we have a number of HGV driver training courses available for you to complete and gain your HGV licence and begin your journey to becoming a lorry driver. We have both HGV Class 1 & Class 2 courses available, all of which will teach you the skills, knowledge and give you the confidence that you need to safely operate an HGV.
Our team will help you with every step of your journey to gaining your HGV licence from booking your medical for you locally to booking your practical test at the soonest possible date!
Our training facilities
We provide HGV training across the South Coast and our training depots cover the following areas:
Our Portsmouth depot is situated in Hampshire, which covers this area, as well as the Isle of Wight.
Out Southampton depot is also situated north of Hampshire, and covers this location, as well as Wiltshire and Dorset.
Our Worthing Depot is located in West Sussex, which covers this area, and Surrey.
Our Reading depot covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxford areas.
Our Theale depot also covers West Berkshire, as well as Buckinghamshire.
Our Portsmouth depot is an approved DVSA testing centre that is available to all of our HGV driver training students across the whole of Hampshire. This gives our students a major advantage as they can use our top-quality facilities throughout their HGV training course. Also, students are able to complete their HGV driving test from our Portsmouth depot!
All of our training depots have on-site reversing facilities and are approved DVSA 3a sites. It is extremely rare to find an HGV training company that have their own on-site reversing facilities, as most sites are not big enough to allow this. This means you can practice your HGV reversing manoeuvres on the same facilities that you will be tested on! Additionally, all of our training depots have well-lit and fully-equipped classroom facilities, including air conditioning.
If 2 start are the HGV training company for you, contact our team of advisors on 02392 123 555.
What do HGV and LGV mean? The term HGV or Heavy Goods Vehicles was introduced when the UK government introduced road tax. The Government needed a way to categorise vehicles by numerous things such as engine size, weight and emissions. The term LGV or Light Commercial Goods Vehicle described vehicles that had a gross weight of under 3500kg. The term HGV described anything with over 3500kg gross vehicle weight. This type of classification made it easier for people to tell the difference between LGV and HGVs based on their size.
When were the changes to the categories made? In 1992, the UK unified with the EU to reflect their licence categories. The EU had classified vehicles over 3.5 tonnes as commercial trucks. This meant that in the UK, LGV had to change from a 'Light Goods Vehicle' to a 'Large Goods Vehicle'. There was now, no difference between HGV and LGV. Since 1992, HGV or Heavy Goods Vehicle has had the same meaning as LGV or Large Goods Vehicle. The licence categories changed in the UK at the same time. What was HGV Class 1 is now known as Category C+E. HGV Class 2 training is currently known as Category C.
So what licence do I need? Many people in the industry may well refer to the old or new classifications or a mixture of both. As training providers, we understand that this can be confusing for those people who are new to the industry. To make it simpler to understand, we have shown you in pictures what licence you require to drive which vehicle. We have also included other terms you may come across to describe the licence type.
How can 2 Start Training help me? As the South Coast premier driving logistics training provider, we pride ourselves in helping you to achieve your training goals, whether that be re-entering the workforce, a change or advancement in your career or a complete beginner. We have the largest variety of courses suitable for every level of ability. If you are still unsure about the difference or need some advice on which course is the right one for you, get in touch with our expert team today and we will be able to help you.
There are two HGV licences that you will need to obtain depending on the category of vehicle you want to drive. To drive a Rigid lorry, you will need to gain your CAT C licence, and to drive an articulated lorry you will need to obtain your C+E licence.
Those who hold a CAT C licence can drive vehicles over 3,500kgs with a trailer up to 750kgs MAM.
Those who hold a C+E licence will be able to drive vehicles over 3,500kgs with a trailer over 750kgs.
To start one of our LGV driver training courses, all you need to do is decide which of our courses is the best one for you and then choose the best date available for you to complete your training. It is that simple! Our online booking system allows you to easily book your LGV training course and complete your training quickly!
You will only need to complete your 35-hours of periodic CPC training if you are driving for hire & reward purposes or as the main part of your job. If you are driving as a hobby, then you will not need to complete CPC training.
Any driver who first passed any category C driving test after 9th of September 2009 must have this new qualification. Drivers who held any LGV driving entitlement before that date have 5 years “acquired rights” to the Driver CPC.
The Driver CPC is enforced on the road in the same way as holding an appropriate driving licence and it is an offence to drive without it. There are penalties for drivers and operators who flaunt this new requirement.
We have both online and classroom CPC training courses available with 7-hour and 35-hour options on offer. We also have a wide variety of training modules that you can choose to complete!
The cost to complete your HGV driver training will range from £220 for our C1 7.5-tonne session-only course through to our Gold Fast Track Car to C+E course would cost £4,185 and comes with a few added benefits to provide our students with peace of mind like the pass protection for example.
The HGV driver training course you require will depend on the category of HGV vehicle you would like to drive and your current level of HGV driving experience.
The cost of the training will be respective to the required number of theory and practical-based training hours you will need to receive. This again comes back to your current level of experience and the vehicle classification you wish to drive; we can also offer an evaluation session with one of our instructors who will then be able to advise of the recommended number of training hours you will likely require to be test ready.
Yes, funding options are available for some candidates if they meet the specified requirements.
There are approved schemes like the Governments Skills Bootcamps available that will give you funding to complete your HGV driver training, or some companies will also pay for candidates to complete training when hiring new drivers.
We also offer deposit options for all of our training courses, allowing you to pay for the remainder of your course before you come to one of our depots to complete your training.
How much does it cost to become a lorry driver in the UK?
HGV training costs vary across the board, with different companies offering different prices.
The price for your HGV training will also depend on; which category vehicle you wish to train on, the number of hours of training you want to complete, and other external factors such as some candidates needing to complete re-tests.
The time it takes to become an HGV driver from start to finish can vary for every candidate, depending on their requirements and skill levels they have when they first start their training.
A good estimate from start to finish is around 4-5 months to complete the whole process, including roughly 2-6 weeks from completing your medical and then receiving your provisional licence with the extra HGV entitlements added.
The amount of time it takes you to pass your HGV test could be longer, with some candidates needing extra hours of on-the-road driving and more time to gain confidence in operating an HGV.
Our six training depots are located in: Portsmouth; Otterbourne; Aldermaston; Theale; Worthing and Havant. Our training centres are conveniently situated within the local areas of the following counties to provide the maximum coverage within: Hampshire; Isle of Wight; West Sussex; East Sussex; Surrey; Buckinghamshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Wiltshire and the eastern side of Dorset.
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