How Do I Get an
LGV Provisional Licence?

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The LGV provisional licence is the first thing you need before you can start learning how to drive these large vehicles. Don’t worry; we help you out with acquiring your licence because we know how frustrating it is to go through this tiresome and complicated process. Read on for a breakdown of the provisional licence and how to obtain it.

The Provisional Licence

The licence works the same way as any conventional provisional licence. Apply for the licence, receive it, and drive the vehicle of choice with a qualified instructor/driver in the front seat. Obviously, it doesn’t mean students can drive commercially or do anything else other than learn, but it’s the vital first step for getting some experience in the process.

You need a provisional licence before you start your LGV training

When applying for the licence it’s important to remember it takes a while to process the application. Expect at least two weeks to get an answer to the application. These days the licences are photo ID licences, as opposed to the older paper licences.

Applying for the Licence

Firstly, you must have a Category B licence to apply for your provisional. To put it simply, the Category B licence is the one issued to drive a car. Ensure the licence enables you to drive both manual and automatic vehicles otherwise you are severely limiting the types of vehicle you can drive.

Furthermore, you must also meet the medical standards put in place by the European Union. These standards pertain to fitness, sight, and hearing primarily. Take note, these are much more stringent than the original UK versions, so take this into account when applying for a provisional licence. We help you with any medical exams by sending you a full medical examination pack with all the necessary forms and proper guidance. If you are struggling to fill in the forms get in touch with us and we will endeavour to help you with our professional customer support service.

What You Can Do With It

Once you have your LGV provisional licence it enables you to perform a variety of actions. Firstly, you can take your theory exam. You need the provisional licence to hand when you attend any formal examination as part of the identification process. You also can’t get behind the wheel until you obtain this licence.

Here for You

Where we differentiate ourselves from the competition is with our support services. Unlike other learning providers, we deal with students from the very start. Some trainers only deal with people who already have their provisional licences, leaving them to deal with the complicated process of filing for their provisional.

If you are preparing to enter the world of professional driving don’t hesitate to contact our customer support service. As former professional drivers themselves they know exactly what to do when it comes to applying for the provisional licence. By getting in touch early students can find out what awaits them when they acquire their right to get behind the wheel of an LGV vehicle.

Further Resources on Getting an LGV Licence

If you want to know more about getting an LGV driving licence please choose from the selection of our other articles listed below.

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Vehicle Type Verses Licence Class
HGV / LGV Cat 'C+E' (Class 1)

Any vehicle over 7.5t that has a detachable or separate trailer, Cat 'C+E' licences can only be applied for once the driver has taken and passed their Cat 'C'. These are larger vehicles so tend to be used for long haul, national and international routes. Starting salaries are around £28,000 per year.

HGV / LGV Cat 'C' (Class 2)

For vehicles in a rigid-based body that is over 7.5t – examples include fire engines, rubbish collection vehicles and any HGV, providing the vehicle is all one unit (i.e. the cab does not separate from the trailer). Usually operated in towns and cities, starting salaries for Cat 'C' drivers are around £24,000 per year

Cat C1

For use if driving any goods vehicle that is above 3.5t and below 7.5t in weight. If you gained your driving licence before 1997, you will automatically have this category on your licence. If you gained your driving licence after 1997, you will have to take a test. Note – if you gain your Cat 'C' you automatically get given your Cat 'C1', so it is advisable to take a full Cat 'C' course and get both categories for the price of one. C1 vehicle examples include: horseboxes, ambulances, Occado delivery vehicles etc. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat C1+E

Same as above, but gives you the capacity to tow a trailer behind your C1 vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat B+E

This enables you to tow an item behind a standard car. Again, if you passed before 1997 you do not need to pass a test to tow a trailer behind a car – if you passed after 1997, a full course and driving test is required. Course can be completed in 3x days.

Cat D

This is a full bus / coach licence, enabling you to drive any sized Passenger Carrying Vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat D1

Enables you to drive a minibus of 9-16 seats maximum. If you passed your driving test before 1997 this category will already be on your licence, if you passed after that date a full course and test is required. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Fork Lift

The licences depend on what vehicle is used and the type of environment it is used in. 1-day refresher courses: for experienced operators with lapsed licences 3-day mini courses: for experienced operators who have not received formal training 5-day full courses: for novices who have not received any training and have no experience. All courses begin with classroom time where you will learn the theoretical requirements of the vehicle they are being trained on. Includes all relevant aspects of health and safety and short multiple-choice Theory Test. Practical training begins with an explanation as to the operation of the relevant truck. Practical elements cover daily vehicle checks and safe loading techniques – you will then practice the operation of the vehicle until they become proficient, whereby a short practical test will take place.

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