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HGV/LGV Driver Training

Norfolk Training Services was founded in 1969 specifically to train lorry drivers and, although the company has expanded since then, driver training is our heritage. We believe that we are the best and our long record of trained professional lorry drivers supports our claim.

We provide driving tuition for individuals and companies for all types of vehicles. All of our experienced instructors are fully qualified and approved by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and are committed to our learners achieving a high standard of driving skills. We pride ourselves on our high pass rates.

All of our modern, premium training vehicles have been selected to make the learner’s training experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and we provide assistance, information, advice and guidance for the learner in applying for their licences, and for taking the required theory and practical tests.

What’s in a name?

Lots of terms in the haulage industry have changed over the years. The haulage industry is now often referred to as ‘Logistics’. Goods vehicles were formerly known as Heavy Goods Vehicles and referred to as ‘HGVs’. Today, the term used is Large Goods Vehicle and lorries are referred to as ‘LGVs’.

Licences for HGVs used to be Class 1 (articulated lorries), Class 2 (rigid lorries up to 27 tonnes or for wagon and drag) or Class 3 (rigid lorries up 18 tonnes). Today, licence categories are used: Category C for any rigid vehicle of any weight; Category C+E for articulated lorry or wagon and drag).

Prior to 1st January 1997, drivers who passed their car test automatically received entitlement to driver vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes on their licence. After that date, passing a car test resulted in a Category B licence covering vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes. Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes but less that 7.5 tonnes are today designated as medium-sized vehicles and require a Category C1 licence.

Although the terms have changed officially, many people in the haulage industry still use the old terms successfully.

Age Limits

The minimum age at which a person may drive medium-sized vehicle or a large goods vehicle is 18. However, there are conditions attached. Between the ages of 18 and 21, drivers of such vehicles must have an Initial Driver CPC qualification whether the driver is driving professionally or otherwise. Over the age of 21, an Initial Driver CPC qualification is required only if the driver is driving professionally.

What are the steps that you must take to gain an LGV licence?

NTS can supply you with all of the forms that you will need

Step 1 Undertake an LGV Medical - your doctor will arrange this and you will have to pay for the service. You will need to take take a blank Form D4 with you for the doctor to complete.

Step 2 Apply for Provisional entitlement to drive LGVs to be added to your driving licence by completing a Form D2 ‘Application for a driving licence for a lorry, minibus or bus’ and sending it to the DVLA at Swansea together with your completed Form D4. There is no application fee.If you have a photocard driving licence, include the D740 paper counterpart and if you have a paper driving licence, include a passport-style colour photo and original identity documents.

Step 3 When you have received your provisional entitlement for Category C, apply to take your theory test which is made up of 2 parts - Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception. You can book the tests online and the combined cost is £37. If you are going to need a Driver CPC Initial qualification (see Age Limits above), apply to take your Driver CPC Initial Case Study theory test at the same time at a cost of £23. You can do this by visiting: www.gov.uk and search ‘Book my theory test.’ Have your photo card driving licence with you as you will need to provide specific information.

The theory tests are computer-based and you can take them at a DVSA theory test centre near you. The practical tests are conducted by DVSA driving examiners at a dedicated test centre.

Keep your theory tests pass letters safe, you will need them to take your practical test(s). Remember, your theory test certificate is valid for 2 years from when you passed the first part of the test.

Study materials and mock tests for Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception and Case Study can be found at www.drivingtheory4all.co.uk. There is a small cost for this, please visit the website for more information.

Step 4 Book a Category C Driver Training course with NTS. We will book your Practical Driving Test for you. See below for further details.

Step 5 Book a training course for Driver CPC Initial Practical Demonstration Test with NTS. We will book the test for you.

Step 6 If you would like to proceed to Licence Category C+E, you will need to complete another driver training course and test.

The NTS Way

At NTS, although we can offer one-to-one driver training, we believe in the shared-tuition training model. With one-to-one tuition, the learner is behind the wheel for up to 8 hours per day with little respite. As the day goes on and tiredness sets in, learning becomes more difficult.

With the shared-tuition training model, learners rotate throughout the training course between driving and observing. In this way, a period spent observing allows for lessons learned whilst driving to be absorbed whilst the learner is away from the wheel. At the same time, by observing another driver some of the lessons become clearer. The system of shared tuition is a tried and trusted method and has provided for NTS an above-national-average pass rate.

All of our training vehicles meet and exceed the required DSA minimum test vehicle standards and are typical of the modern vehicles used in the haulage industry. From 15th November 2013, a requirement will be introduced that vehicles used for DSA practical driving tests will be laden. NTS is complying with the requirement and training will take place in laden vehicles as an from 11th November 2013.

Driver CPC Initial

In addition to passing Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception and practical driving tests, drivers intending to drive goods vehicles professionally and having licence categories less than C1 at the time of taking their LGV test must hold a Driver CPC Initial qualification.

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) Initial qualification has 2 additional modules:

Module 2 - Driver CPC case study test
Module 4 - Driver CPC practical demonstration test

Drivers must pass all 4 parts to get a Driver CPC qualification. Drivers between the ages of 18 and 21, drivers of medium-sized and LGVs must have an Initial Driver CPC qualification whether the driver is driving professionally or otherwise. Over 21, the qualification is required only if the driver is driving professionally.

Norfolk Training Services Ltd already provides top quality driver training for the existing practical driving test. For Driver CPC Initial Practical Demonstration test, we can book your test, prepare you for the test and provide you with the vehicle that you will need.


Digital Tachograph Familiarisation Driver CPC Periodic Training Economic and defensive driver training Minibus, Bus and Coach driver training (licence category D1 and D) Preparation for Driver CPC Initial Case Study Test Preparation for LGV Theory and Hazard Perception Tests Safe Coupling and Uncoupling of Category C+E trailers