What training do I need?
You need to pass your Rigid (Class ‘C’) test which will allow you to drive any Rigid, any tonnage lorry.
If you already hold a Rigid (Class ‘C’) licence then you can carry out the Artic (Class ‘CE’ course).
You need to apply for a new driving licence with a provisional LGV ‘C’ driving entitlement. The application form for a licence to learn to drive a lorry is a DVLA Form D2. All forms can be ordered direct from DVLA. https://www.gov.uk/dvlaforms. These forms are no longer available from the Post Office.
Form D4 will be completed by a Doctor. Apply for LGV medical (Contact your own Doctor or go to driversmedicals.com). Please shop around because prices vary from £40 to £140.
When the D2 & D4 DVLA forms are complete you need to send them off with both parts of your car licence to the DVLA in Swansea. Approximately 2 to 3 weeks later you will receive a new driving licence with a provisional LGV C entitlement.
Remember, we will book all your training and tests for you.
Booking your LGV Theory Test (Module 1)
Upon receipt of your new driving licence (with the provisional LGV C entitlement) all car drivers who are learning to become truck driver must then take and pass the LGV Module 1 theory test.
The LGV Module 1 theory test is divided into two separate parts; the Multiple Choice Test (100 questions) £35.00 and the Hazard Perception Test (19 interactive clips) £15.00.
In order to pass the LGV Module 1 theory tests we strongly recommend you study the following material:
- A book or CD-ROM titled ‘The official theory test for drivers of large vehicles’. This covers the multiple choice test.
- A DVD titled ‘The official guide to hazard perception’. This includes sample clips, which give you feedback to help you prepare for the hazard perception test.
Please be aware the LGV Module 1 theory test is not just about the Highway Code. It covers all topics ranging from vehicle weights and dimensions, drivers’ hours, vehicle loading, hazard perception, environmental issues plus other matters relating to large goods vehicles. Some free mock theory tests can be found on the DSA website https://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test.
Theory Test Centres in the South West are located in Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter, Truro, Penzance and Barnstaple.
Trans Plant Mastertrain will book a theory test on your behalf. After passing the theory test we can then start your practical training.
As a guide, on average nearly all experienced car drivers require five days Lorry training to reach test standard. The test is booked to take place on the last day. The cost for the training is £850 + Vat and the DSA practical test is £115.
Trans plant mastertrain are registered with the DSA as a training provider and therefore able to book LGV Module 3 practical driving tests up to ten weeks in advance. This allows us a great deal of flexibility to arrange a course and test to suit your personal commitments.
Practical Driver Training & Test (Module 3)
The practical training course will cover all aspects required by the DSA LGV Module 3 syllabus. Items covered will include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban & rural roads, dual carriageways & motorways, also off-road reversing exercises.
Trans plant mastertrain are registered with the DSA as a training provider and are able to book LGV Module 3 practical driving tests up to ten weeks in advance. This allows us a great deal of flexibility to arrange a course and test to suit your personal commitments.
Modules 2 and 4 only have to be taken if you passed your car test after January 1997.
Case Study Test (Initial Driver CPC Module 2)
In addition to passing the two LGV Module 1 theory tests, if you want to become a professional LGV driver you will also need to pass the Initial Driver CPC Case Study Module 2 Test (the test fee is £30.00).
The Initial Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study Test is computer based. There are seven case study tests, with 50 questions in total. The questions will be based on real life situations which you may encounter in your working life as a professional driver.
Essential reading to prepare for LGV CPC Module 2 can be found in a book titled ‘Driver CPC The Official DSA Guide for Professional Goods Vehicle Drivers’ (£9.99) and also the book titled ‘The Official DSA Guide to Driving Goods Vehicles’ (£17.50).
The Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study test is held at your local Theory Test Centre which again we can book for you.
A brief outline of the Initial Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study test can be viewed in this video.
Practical Demonstration Training & Test (Initial Driver CPC Module 4)
To achieve the professional Driver CPC initial qualification, you will be required to complete a Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test (the test fee is £55.00).
Trans Plant Mastertrain provide practical training with you using a training vehicle and a training resource with load securing devices used which is the same used for the test. The Driver CPC Module 4 demonstration test takes approximately 30 minutes and is held at the LGV DSA practical test centre. During the test the examiner will test your knowledge in the following areas:
- Loading the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
- Ensuring security of the vehicle and contents
- Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking of illegal immigrants
- The ability to assess emergency situations
- Preventing physical risk – Emphasis on daily walk round vehicle safety checks
Trans Plant Mastertrain will book the test for you.
LGV Theory revision books and DVD’s can be purchased at discounted rates at our reception desk in Exeter if you are carrying out the training with us.