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Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Category C (Old HGV Class 3/2)

HGV & LGV Category C: To become an HGV driver the first step is to book an HGV medical examination with a doctor to make sure you are medically fit to drive a commercial vehicle. Please be aware the doctor may charge for this service and will need to complete a DVLA Form D4. If required you can download a DVLA Form D4 from the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/d4-medical-examination-report-vision-assessment--2

You will also need to apply for a new driving licence with a provisional LGV C driving entitlement. The application form for a licence to learn to drive a lorry is a DVLA Form D2. All forms can be ordered direct from the DVLA. https://www.gov.uk/dvlaforms. Please be aware these forms are no longer available from the Post Office.

When the D2 & D4 DVLA forms are complete you need to send them off with your car licence to the DVLA in Swansea. Approximately 2 weeks later you will receive a new driving licence with a provisional LGV C entitlement.

Booking your LGV Theory Test (Module 1): Upon receipt of your new driving licence (with the provisional LGV C entitlement) all car drivers who are learning to become truck driver must then take and pass the LGV Module 1 theory test.

The LGV Module 1 theory test is divided into two separate parts; the Multiple Choice Test (100 questions) £26.00 and the Hazard Perception Test (19 interactive clips) £11.00.

In order to pass the LGV Module 1 theory tests we strongly recommend you study the following material:

  • A book or CD-ROM titled ‘The official theory test for drivers of large vehicles’. This covers the multiple choice test.
  • A DVD titled ‘The official guide to hazard perception’. This includes sample clips, which give you feedback to help you prepare for the hazard perception test.

Please be aware the LGV Module 1 theory test is not just about the Highway Code. It covers all topics ranging from vehicle weights and dimensions, drivers' hours, vehicle loading, hazard perception, environmental issues plus other matters relating to large goods vehicles. Some free mock theory tests can be found on the DSA website https://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test.

Theory Test Centres in the South West are located in Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter, Truro, Penzance and Barnstaple. LGV theory tests can be booked via the DSA website at https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test or by calling the DSA on 0300 200 1122. To make a booking you will need your driving licence number and credit or debit card.

If you experience problems in booking your theory test please call Big Wheelers who can book a theory test on your behalf. After passing the theory test we can then start your practical training.

Practical Driving Assessment: You may wish to attend a free one hour driving assessment. For this you will need to produce your driving licence and hold a provisional LGV C entitlement . The assessment will consist of a brief demonstration drive by the instructor, followed by you driving on the public road in various traffic situations.

After the assessment drive the instructor can advise as to how many training days are needed in order for you to reach test standard.

As a guide, on average most experienced car drivers require five days (20 hours) LGV category C training in order to reach test standard. If you have experience in 7.5 tonne driving or a regular coach driver the course duration may be reduced to just three or four days (12 to 16 hours).

To book a free assessment drive, please call Big Wheelers at your convenience.

Practical Driver Training & Test (Module 3): A normal training day will consist of 4 hours of “one to one” tuition. In general there is a morning session from 8am to midday, followed by an afternoon period from midday to 4pm, however timings may be adjusted to suit customer needs and the time of the DVSA practical test.

The practical training course will cover all aspects required by the DVSA LGV Module 3 syllabus. Items covered will include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban & rural roads, dual carriageways & motorways, also off-road reversing exercises.

Big Wheelers (South West) are registered with the DVSA as a training provider and are able to book LGV Module 3 practical driving tests up to ten weeks in advance. This allows a great deal of flexibility to arrange a course and practical test to suit your personal commitments.

Under normal circumstances your LGV Module 3 practical test is always taken in the last hour on the final day of your chosen course.

Driver CPC Initial Qualification - (required for all drivers who passed their car test after Jan 97)

Case Study Test (Initial Driver CPC Module 2): In addition to passing the two LGV Module 1 theory tests, if you want to become a professional LGV driver you will also need to pass the Initial Driver CPC Case Study Module 2 Test (the test fee is £23.00).

The Initial Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study Test is computer based. There are seven case study tests, with 50 questions in total. The questions will be based on real life situations which you may encounter in your working life as a professional driver.

Essential reading to prepare for LGV CPC Module 2 can be found in a book titled ‘Driver CPC The Official DSA Guide for Professional Goods Vehicle Drivers’ and also the book titled ‘The Official DSA Guide to Driving Goods Vehicles’.

The Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study test is held at your local Theory Test Centre can be booked via the DSA website at https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test or by contacting Big Wheelers.

A brief outline of the Initial Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study test can be viewed on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln0g-JLmDbs.

Practical Demonstration Training & Test (Initial Driver CPC Module 4): To achieve the professional Driver CPC initial qualification, you will be required to complete a Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test (the test fee is £55.00).

In general Big Wheelers provide 4 hours of practical training with you using a vehicle and various load securing devices prior to the test. The Driver CPC Module 4 demonstration test takes approximately 30 minutes and is held at the LGV DSA practical test centre. During the test the examiner will test your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Loading the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
  • Ensuring security of the vehicle and contents
  • Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking of illegal immigrants
  • The ability to assess emergency situations
  • Preventing physical risk - Emphasis on daily walk round vehicle safety checks

The Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test will be booked via Big Wheelers. 

A brief outline of the Initial Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test can be viewed on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEKaD7SCoc0

Driver Qualification Card (DQC)

After successfully completing LGV Driver CPC Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 the driver will be able to drive professionally and will be sent a Driver Qualification Card, which must be carried whilst driving.

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