Your Road to Obtaining a HGV License

Your Road to Obtaining a HGV LicenseThe Category C driving licence is a legal requirement for those drivers wanting to drive a Rigid HGV the Category C+E is a legal requirement to drive an articulated HGV. Drivers wanting to drive articulated vehicles will need to pass the Category C license in order to gain provisional entitlement for the C+E.

Adding the C and C+E categories to your license can seem a complicated process as it requires a number of steps but we will be there to help and guide you through it, therefore, making it as quick and painless as possible.

Overview:

  • Apply for Category C Provisional entitlement including Driver Medical report
  • Pass DVSA LGV Part 1 – Theory and Hazard Perception Tests
  • Pass DVSA LGV Part 2 – Case Studies Test
  • Pass DVSA LGV Part 3 – Category C Practical Driving Test
  • Pass DVSA LGV Part 4 – Mod 4 LGV Practical Demonstration Test

You can Download and Print our handy ‘Step by Step’ guide to applying for your D1 License HERE

Applying for Category C provisional entitlement:

We can supply the forms required along with recommendations of firms who can conduct your medical.

To apply for LGV provisional entitlements, you need to complete form D2 and medical report form D4.

Your D4 form has to be filled in by a doctor. You may need an optician to fill in the section about your eyesight if your doctor isn’t able to. The doctor and optician may charge you for doing this. Alternatively, you can also use a private firm specialising in drivers’ medical examinations.

Once complete you’ll need to send forms D2 and D4 plus your current photocard driving licence to DVLA. There is currently no application fee to add provisional entitlements to your existing car license.

You should receive your new driving licence within 3 weeks of DVLA getting your application although this may take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked.

The DVSA LGV Part 1 Theory and Hazard Perception Tests:

We will provide you with help and support throughout your preparation for the Theory and Hazard Perception Tests.

The theory test is made up of 2 parts – multiple choice and hazard perception.

  • The multiple choice part made up of 100 questions with a pass mark of 85 out of 100.
  • The Hazard Perception Test consists of a number of short video clips. The pass mark for this is 67 out of 100.

When you’ve passed both parts, you’ll get sent your theory test certificate with your theory test number on it. You’ll need the theory test certificate number when you book your practical training and test.

Your theory test certificate is valid for 2 years from when you passed the first part of the test.

If you don’t take your practical test within 2 years of passing the first part of the test, you’ll have to retake that part again.

The DVSA LGV Part 2 Case Studies Test:

We will provide you with help and support throughout your preparation for the Case Studies.

The test is made up of 7 case studies you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life.

You’ll be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study.

The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50.

Your test result

You’ll get a letter with the results at the test centre.

You need the test pass reference number when you book your Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test.

The pass letter is valid for 2 years.

You will also need to pass the Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test within 2 years, otherwise, you’ll have to pass the part 2 case studies test again.

The DVSA LGV Part 3 Category C and C+E Practical Driving Tests:

Once you have completed the above steps we will handle your practical test bookings for both Parts 3 and 4 for you.

Your practical test will last about 75 minutes and include:

  • Vehicle safety questions
  • Reversing Exercise
  • Uncouple/Recouple exercise (C+E test only)
  • Practical road driving

During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:

  • Use the vehicle controls
  • Move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
  • Use the mirrors
  • Give appropriate signals
  • Show awareness and anticipation of other road users’ intentions
  • Manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
  • Deal with hazards
  • Select a safe place to stop

There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.

The reverse exercise:

  • You will be asked to complete an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay.

The uncouple/recouple exercise (C+E only)

  • You will need to demonstrate a safe process of work to uncouple then re-couple the tractor and trailer units.

Test result

After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.

The pass mark is no more than 15 driving faults and no single serious or dangerous fault.

The DVSA LGV Part 4 Practical Demonstration Test:

You’re tested on being able to:

  • Loading the vehicle
  • Security of vehicle and contents
  • Preventing criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
  • Assess emergency situations
  • Ability to prevent physical risk

The test is made up of 1 question from each of the 5 topics in the Driver CPC syllabus.

You can score up to 20 points for each question.

To pass you have to score at least 15 out of 20 in each topic area and have an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.

Test Result

At the end of your test, the examiner will tell you if you’ve passed.

Your Module 4 CPC test will be conducted in-house by our own DVSA approved tester.