Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Category C+E (Old HGV Class 1)
LGV Category C+E Driving Licence: The first step is to ensure you have a full LGV category C driving licence with a provisional LGV category C+E entitlement.
Theory Test: There is no theory test for licence category C+E.
Practical Driving Assessment: You may wish to attend a free one hour driving assessment. For this you need to produce both parts of your driving licence. The assessment will consist of a brief demonstration drive by the instructor, followed by you driving on-road in various traffic situations and completing an off-road reversing exercise.
After the assessment drive the instructor can advise as to how many training days are needed in order to reach test standard. Assessment drives are available most days from 4pm. To book an assessment drive, please call our office at your convenience.
As a guide, on average most LGV category C drivers require from five to seven days LGV category C+E training in order to reach test standard. If you have additional experience such as operating ‘split gearboxes' and reversing articulated trailers the driving course duration may be reduced to just four days.
Practical Driver Training & Test: A normal training day will start at 8am and finish at 4pm with training being conducted on a ratio of two students to one instructor. Should training be conducted on a ‘one to one' basis the training day will be reduced to a four hour period.
The practical training course will cover all aspects required by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Syllabus. Items covered will include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban & rural roads, dual carriageways & motorways, also off-road reversing and braking exercises.
Big Wheelers (South West) are registered with the DSA as a training provider and are able to book LGV practical driving tests up to ten weeks in advance. This allows us a great deal of flexibility to arrange a course and test to suit your personal commitments.
Under normal circumstances your practical test is always taken on the final day of your training.
Further Training: Additional training can be offered such as lorry loader (HIAB) operator and Driver CPC Periodic training.