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HGV Training Information

HGV Training refers to a person who wishes to train to become a qualified driver of vehicles with a gross combination mass of over 3.5 tonnes. Due to the size of these vehicles, drivers who wish to drive a HGV must undergo a series of HGV training courses and test to be deemed qualified enough to drive a HGV. The maximum weight allowed on the UK's roads is 44 tonnes and must not exceed 12 meters for rigid vehicles, 16.5 meters for articulated lorries and 18.75 meters for lorries that have the addition of a trailer.

In the UK, there are 4 main categories that fall under the HGV licence. They are as follows:

  • Category C1 enables the holder to be able to drive a HGV with a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 7.5 tonnes with the addition of a trailer with a maximum authorised of up to 0.75 tonnes.
  • Category C1+EM allows the qualified driver to drive a HGV with the CVW of 7.5 tonnes with the addition of a trailer over 0.75 tonnes but does not exceed a total 12 tonnes for the authorised mass of both parts of the vehicle.
  • Category C allows any holder of this licence to drive any HGV with a trailer with a maximum authorised mass of up to 0.75 tonnes. (This replaces the old HGV class 2 categories)
  • Category C+E allows the holder to drive any HGV with the additional of a trailer that has a maximum authorised mass over 0.75 tonnes.
HGV training courses are available up and down the UK with many companies offering these services.

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