LGV’s & HGV’s – A Beginner’s Guide.

LGV’s & HGV’s – A Beginner's Guide

The world of lorry’s, or ‘big rigs’ as our transatlantic cousins may call them, is fascinating to so many. The open road, the scenery, and most importantly C.W. McCall’s Convoy turned up to 11 on repeat for the entire journey.

Ok, maybe not that last point.

Even still, truck driving is a massive industry. With an industry as large as truck driving, a large amount of potential for work is always present.

And if you’re thinking about becoming a professional truck driver, you might be looking for somewhere to cover the basics for you. Lucky for you, that’s what we’ve got for you here today.

What’s the Difference Between HGV’s and LGV’s?

Some people say it’s an ‘HGV licence’, whereas others will call it an ‘LGV licence’. So, what’s what?

Both an ‘HGV licence’ and an ‘LGV licence’ are the same thing. With HGV standing for heavy goods vehicle and LGV standing for large goods vehicle. Some people believe that LGV stands for ‘light good vehicle’, but this is false.

The appropriate term is a Class A licence. An LGV and HGV are actually abbreviations for the type of vehicles, rather than the type of licence the drivers carry.

What Licence Do I Need?

To begin your journey as a truck driver, you’ll first need a full car licence and be over the age of 18 (in most cases). Next, you will need one of the following licences:

C – Entry level HGV licence. For drivers of vehicles weighing over 3,500kg (with an additional trailer up to 750kg) for the first time. Considered a preliminary stage for class CE.

C+E – Allowing you to drive category C vehicles with a trailer of over 750kg.

C1 – Allowing you to drive vehicles up to 7,500kg (with a trailer adding no more than 750kg).

C1E – Permitting a driver to operate a C1 category vehicle (with a trailer over 750kg. Overall weight must not exceed 12,000kg).

Once you have one of these, you’ll need a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (or Driver CPC). This licence qualifies the driver to driver lorries, coaches and buses. As the standard for all professional large vehicle drivers in Europe, Driver CPC was introduced with the sole purpose of improving road safety standards. Once you have acquired your Driver CPC, you’ll need to renew it every 5 years with 35 hours of formal training.

To read more about Driver CPC’s and how to get one, check out our blog here.

What Vehicles can HGV Drivers Use on the Road?

When you’re looking to become a professional driver, you’ll want to think about which parts of driving you’d like to get into. As, although we’re focusing on consumer and dry goods in this blog, other examples of LGV’s include:

· Emergency Vehicles – To drive a fire truck, for example, you’ll need a Commercial Truck Driver licence. You’ll have to complete various advanced driving courses, too.

· Refrigerated Trucks – These lorries usually contain food and drink and must be refrigerated whilst they’re on the road.

· Specialist Vehicles – Cement mixers, tow trucks, and snow ploughs. These all require a Commercial Truck Driver licence to drive and operate, as well as their own relevant training.

These are just some examples of vehicles you’re qualified to drive with a Commercial Truck Driver licence. It does not represent a full list of vehicles qualified drivers can operate on the road.

What Are the Main Benefits to Truck Driving?

Other than having trucking stories and experiences that’ll make you the life of any party, driving an LGV for a living provides many benefits.

One of the main benefits of driving a truck professionally is the travel.

As a truck driver based in the UK, you can be expected to not only make deliveries in the UK but also in Europe. This includes Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and Poland.

To read all about some more benefits of becoming a truck driver, click here.

Do I Have to Have Played Euro Truck Simulator to Become a Truck Driver?

No. No, you do not. But it is a great game.

Now you know the difference between HGV’s and LGV’s. You can show your appreciation by visiting the Flexistaff website for more information on all your truck driving needs.