Large Goods Vehicle C+E

LGV Category C+E Driving Licence:

To be an LGV C+E, HGV Class 1 driver you need to already hold at least a full standard category B car driving licence, or a full LGV category C driving licence. In either case you must also have a valid and in date LGV category C+E provisional entitlement.

On the 15 November 2021 the UK Government made many changes to rules for HGV and bus driving licences and tests. Further guidance and details can be found on the link below:

Theory Test Requirement:

There are no further theory tests when upgrading from LGV C to licence category LGV C+E. 

However standard category B car licence holders will be required to pass the LGV Module 1a (multiple choice) and LGV Module 1b (hazard perception test) before attending LGV C+E practical training.

LGV C+E Practical Driving Assessment (for C licence holders)

You may wish to attend a free one hour C+E driving assessment. For this you will need to produce your full LGV C driving licence. The duration of the assessment drive is approximately 60 minutes.

The assessment will consist of a brief demonstration drive by the instructor, followed by you driving on-road in various traffic situations and completing an off-road reversing exercise.

After the C+E assessment drive the instructor will then be able to advise more accurately as to how many training days are needed in order to reach test standard.

As a guide, most LGV C drivers attend a 20 hour LGV C+E practical training course.   However some LGV C drivers who already have experience in shunting large trailers or reversing smaller trailer combinations may attend a reduced course of 16 hours.

Free 1 hour assessment drives are generally available during most working days (Monday to Friday). To book an assessment drive, please call our office at your convenience.

Please Note:  LGV C+E practical driving assessments are NOT available when going from a standard car  category B licence direct to LGV C+E (HGV Class 1).

As a guide, category B licence holders will be required to attend a 40 hour training course.  However full category B+E licence holders who already have experience in reversing trailers may attend a reduced LGV C+E (HGV Class 1) training course duration of 36 hours.

LGV C+E Practical Driver Training & Test:

All on-road training will be conducted on a ‘one to one’ basis. The instructor will be focused purely on you as an individual, as you will not be sharing the vehicle with anyone else.

In general timings are between the hours of 7.30am and 3.30pm; however the timings may be adjusted slightly in order to link in with the DVSA practical test timings.

An intensive LGV C+E practical training course of 16 or 20 hours can be carried out in just 2 or 3 working days and a C+E training course of 36 or 40 hours will be over a longer period of 5 to 6 days.

All training and finance options can be discussed with the admin team prior to making any booking. This will allow us to provide you with your allocated training and test to suit your personal requirement.

The LGV C+E practical training and tests will cover the Module 3a off-road reversing, trailer uncoupling and recoupling exercises, and also the Module 3b vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban and rural road settings, dual carriageways and motorways.

Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited are registered with the DVSA as a training provider and are able to book LGV C+E practical driving tests up to ten weeks in advance.

Under normal circumstances your practical test is always taken on the final day of your training.

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