If you weren’t already aware, there are actually many different types of drivers licences. It all depends on the type of vehicle you want to drive and there are hundreds of different licences for each type. This includes driving big vehicles, professional driving and more. So, in this article, we will take a closer look at the category C licence and how you can get one.

The LGV Licence Explained

There are actually various categories of driving licences and you can actually see them on the posterior side of the pink driver’s licence. Basically, the list of categories indicates the type of automobile that you’re qualified to drive and they are usually based on the size and total weight of the vehicle. In the categories, you will see all the different types of vehicles such as commercial vans, motorcycles, cars and more. So, if you are licensed to drive a car then the chances are that your licence is a Category B licence.

Category C+ E: This type of licence is of the highest class and once you have it you’d be qualified to drive the biggest and heaviest types of vehicles such as those used in construction, HGVs etc. As a result of this, this type of licence is the most highly regarded and many people strive to get it. With this licence you can drive vehicles that are 7.5 + tonnes as well as trailers that are 750+ kg.

Category C: In the United Kingdom, Category C licences are most common among LGV drivers. If you have this licence then you can drive the biggest box trucks, tipper trucks, articulated lorries, bin lorries and more.

Category C1 + E: With regards to LGV, this particular category is a lower class of licence. This is because there are more restrictions on what you can drive with it. Basically, it allows you to drive vehicles that weigh between 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes and the trailers can weigh 750+ kg. For example, you’d be able to drive a small tipper truck, big cargo van that has a utility trailer etc.

Category C1: This licence is essentially a base LGV licence and most drivers don’t usually get it in favour of the other types of licences. This category C1 licence enables you to drive small box trucks and transit vans. However, you won’t be able to have a trailer attached to the back of your vehicle.

Details Of LGV Licence Training

When you get LGV licence training you’ll get all of the information and skills needed to become a good and safe driver that can properly handle your vehicle. Remember, driving an LGV is not like driving other vehicles such as typical cars or even motorcycles. Driving an LGV will require a lot more skill and some of these include:

– Easily and safely making turns
– Ability to move within tight areas
– Reversing with a trailer and without
– Braking and accelerating appropriately
– Utilising safety equipment as well as properly using mirrors

This training also provides drivers all they need to know in order to pass the Driver CPC. This is essential in order to become a professional driver. It contains both actual driving skill and theory that is essential when it comes to driving an LGV. You will also need to pass the practical exam that demonstrates your skill level. Do note that there will be 2 tests you’ll need to successfully complete for every skill.

LGV Testing

The test for the LGV licence is along the same lines as the Driver CPC tests. You will need to pass 3 sections and each section has two parts.

Theory: In the theory, you’ll need to show that you know how to drive safely. This test has to be done first when you get your provisional entitlement. This only takes a couple of weeks and then you can use this time to study so you can take the exam as soon as you’re able to.