A HGV driver is a job in which you drive heavy goods vehicles, trucks or lorries likely delivering a wide range of different items and goods to and from locations across the UK. For example, you could be delivering food from its place of manufacture to a shop or supermarket. There are several different tiers and licenses for HGV drivers that you can read about here. Have questions about working in this industry? Read on, where we’ll cover the how to become an HGV driver and the skills you’ll need to do so.
Before working towards an HGV licence, you’ll need a few basics first. This includes;
You can apply for your provisional licence for free via the DVLA. You’ll need to fill out the D2 and D4 sections of the DVLA’s order form. This will allow you to legally drive a truck or lorry for your training in order to get your full licence.
You can then apply for your CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence.) This is the licence you’ll need to use a truck or lorry for work purposes. In order to get this, you’ll need to complete a four part exam. This consists of a theory test, followed by case study work, a driving ability test and finally a practical exam. You can find out more about the process of getting your HGV licence on the official DVLA page here.
Alongside the basics mentioned above, employers will also look for several other factors when looking to hire a new heavy goods driver. This includes;
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