FAQ2016-11-09T14:07:06+00:00
Do I have to take a Theory test?2016-10-05T10:42:15+00:00

Yes. It is a requirement of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) that an LGV test candidate has passed their theory test before they can undertake a practical driving test. We recommend the purchase of the DSA book “The Official Theory Test for Drivers of Large Goods Vehicles” and the DVD “Hazard Perception – Road Sense”. These publications are available from all good bookshops or on line at www.dsa.gov.uk or www.amazon.co.uk. Your Theory test can be booked on 0870 0101372 or on-line at www.dsa.gov.uk.

I want to drive an artic. Can I go straight from car licence to artic licence?2016-10-19T13:28:47+00:00

No. Here is the process to progress from Car (category B) to artic (category C+E):
1. Category B (Your full car licence)
2. Apply for category C provisional entitlement (You must be over 21 and will have to pass a medical but as from 1/3/2004 there is no fee!)
3. Pass L.G.V. Theory test (Congratulations!)
4. Pass category C practical test (Congratulations!)
5. Apply for category C full licence with category C+E provisional entitlement (As long as your provisional licence was issued after 01/03/2004 there’s no fee!)
6. Pass category C+E practical test (Congratulations!)
7. Apply for category C+E full licence (No fee for the licence upgrade!)

What does category C1 mean?2016-10-19T13:28:47+00:00
Old Class New Category Description
Class 1 Category C & E Any goods vehicle with a trailer
Class 2 Category C Any rigid goods vehicle up to 32 tonne (8 wheeler)
Class 3 Category C Any rigid goods vehicle up to 32 tonne (8 wheeler)

7.5 Tonne entitlement automatically given provided you passed your category B test prior to 1.1.1997
Category C 1 Goods vehicle under 7.5 Tonnes

How do I apply for my provisional licence?2016-10-05T10:27:16+00:00

Apply for a vocational licence application pack this is available from the DVLA. The pack contains a medical form (D4) to be filled in by a doctor after a medical examination and an application form (D2) to be filled in by you, the application form also includes an automatic up-grade to photo card driving licence if you haven’t already got one (remember to include a recent photograph). Send the completed pack to the DVLA at Swansea – it takes approximately 10-14 days for your application to be processed.

Can I learn to drive a truck using my car licence?2016-10-19T13:28:47+00:00

If you passed your driving test before 1 January 1997 you will automatically have “Grandfather Rites” to category C1 entitlement which means you can drive goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes and with a trailer of no more than 750kg. If you passed your test after 1 January 1997 you are allowed to drive vehicles up 3.5 tonnes (check the Gross Weight on the vehicles plate).

At what age can I learn to drive a truck?2016-10-05T10:26:20+00:00

Age 18 for all categories (there are exceptions for members of the armed forces and those on the “Young Drivers Scheme”).

Can I drive a truck on my ordinary car driving licence?2016-10-19T13:28:47+00:00

If you passed your driving test before 1 January 1997 you will automatically have “Grandfather Rites” to category C1 entitlement which means you can drive goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes and with a trailer of no more than 750kg. If you passed your test after 1 January 1997 you are allowed to drive vehicles up 3.5 tonnes (check the Gross Weight on the vehicles plate).