THINKING OF BECOMING A HGV DRIVER?

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THINKING OF BECOMING A HGV DRIVER?

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Getting qualified

To become a lorry, bus or coach driver you need to:

  • have a full car licence
  • be over 18 – but there are some exceptions
  • get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

Who needs the full Driver CPC

You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main part of your job.

You usually need to pass 4 tests to get it, unless you have ‘acquired rights’ because of your existing driving experience.

How to get and keep the full Driver CPC

  1. Apply for a provisional lorry or bus licence.
  2. Pass the 4 tests that make up Driver CPC to qualify.
  3. Take 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to stay qualified.

You need to renew your bus or lorry licence every 5 years when you reach 45 and every year when you reach 65.

If you’re taking an NVT course

If you’re taking an approved National Vocational Training (NVT) course you can drive professionally for up to 12 months without taking the Driver CPC part 2 and part 4 tests.

Who doesn’t need the full Driver CPC

You don’t need the full Driver CPC if you:

  • don’t want to drive for a living, for example you want to drive for a hobby or carry passengers or goods non-commercially for personal use
  • drive in other certain situations, such as taking your vehicle for a pre-booked annual test (MOT)

You still need to pass the part 1 (theory) and part 3 (driving ability) tests of the qualification.

You don’t need the full Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification if you’re using the vehicle for:

  • non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use
  • carrying material or equipment you use for your job (driving the vehicle can’t be the main part of your job)
  • driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC
  • driving to or from pre-booked appointments at official vehicle testing centres
  • driving within 62 miles (100 kilometres) of your base – but the vehicle can’t be carrying passengers or goods, and driving a lorry, bus or coach can’t be your main job
  • maintaining public order – and the vehicle is being used or controlled by a local authority
  • rescue missions or in states of emergency

You also don’t need the full Driver CPC if the vehicle is:

  • limited to a top speed of 28mph
  • being used or controlled by the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service, prison service or people running a prison or young offender institution

You can read detailed examples of Driver CPC exemptions.

What you need to do

If you want to become a lorry, bus or coach driver in these situations you need to:

  1. Apply for a provisional lorry or bus licence.
  2. Pass the part 1 (theory) and part 3 (driving ability) tests.

You need to renew your bus or lorry licence every 5 years when you reach 45 and every year when you reach 65.

 

Driver CPC part 1 test: theory

You can book the part 1 theory test of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as soon as you’ve got your provisional licence.

The test is made up of 2 parts – multiple choice and hazard perception. You have to book both parts separately, but you can take them on the same day.

It doesn’t matter which one you take first but you need to pass both within 2 years of each other to get your theory test certificate.

What to take to your test

You must take either your:

  • Great Britain photocard driving licence
  • Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your fee if you don’t bring the right documents.

How the test works

Multiple-choice questions part

You can take a practice test to find out how the test works.

The multiple-choice questions part lasts for 1 hour and 55 minutes, and the pass mark is 85 out of 100 questions.

Hazard perception part

Watch a video about how the hazard perception part works.

You’ll watch 19 videos, and there are 20 developing hazards to spot.

The pass mark is 67 out of 100. You can’t review your answers.

Your test result

You’ll be given a letter at the test centre with the results for the part of the theory test you’ve just taken.

When you’ve passed both parts, your theory test certificate will be posted to you. You need this when you book your Driver CPC part 3 driving test.

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

You need to pass the Driver CPC part 3 driving test within 2 years, otherwise you’ll have to pass the part 1 theory test again.

If you fail the theory tests

You’ll get a results letter with feedback telling you why you’ve failed.

You can book another theory test straight away, but you can’t take it for another 3 clear working days.

Cancelled tests

You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) cancels your test at short notice.

https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver/getting-qualified

 

Part 2 coming soon………

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