If you have a manual Category B licence (car licence), then you will only be required to take the Category C driving test in an automatic vehicle. You will still obtain a manual Licence for Cat C.
LGV Category C (Formerly HGV Class 2)
The LGV Category C licence was formerly commonly known as HGV class 2. The LGV Category C licence will allow drivers who pass the Category C driving test to drive any rigid Category C vehicle up to 32 tonnes. Once you successfully pass your LGV Cat C test, you will obtain Category C on your licence as well as Category C1 (7.5 tonne licence).
If you have a manual Category B licence (car licence), then you will only be required to take the Category C driving test in an automatic vehicle. This is the preferred route for most of our candidates. However, despite this rule, we would still recommend taking the LGV class 2 test in a manual vehicle, as the gearbox sequence in lorries is significantly different to that of a car, and without training or prior experience using a lorry gearbox, you may well find it difficult to seek employment as a HGV Class 2 driver. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
CATEGORY C - WOLVERHAMPTON
Assuming you already have a Category B driving licence, your first step is attend and pass an LGV medical test (unless you have already completed a medical for an PCV licence). You should be available to arrange for your local GP to conduct this medical, and they will confirm what fee is applicable. However we do use our own GP who charges £50. You will need to take a D4 Medical Form (you can obtain this from us) with you to your medical, and the doctor will complete the form accordingly.
Once you have passed your LGV Medical Examination, you must then make an application to the DVLA for your Category C provisional licence. In order to make this application, you will need to complete a D2 Application Form, which can be obtained from your local post office, or can be ordered online from the DVLA. However we can also provide you with this form.
At this stage of applying for your Category C provisional licence it is also worth applying for Category D1 (PCV - Minibus) and Category D (PCV - Bus/Coach), as currently there is NO FEE for applying for these provisional entitlements, and should you decide to progress onto any of these tests in the future, it will save you from having to re-apply for the provisional entitlement, and avoid incurring any possible future fees.
The final step you must complete before attending our LGV Category C training course is to sit and pass your LGV theory test & Hazard Perception, which can be booked online at the DVSA's website, or by calling the DVSA booking line on 0300 200 1122.
When booking your theory test you will need to book and pass both the LGV Multiple Choice (Module 1a) and LGV Hazard Perception (Module 1b) theory tests. It is also recommended that you book your LGV CPC Case Study (Module 2) at this stage, however it is not essential or required for you to pass this theory test before taking your practical training or LGV practical test. If you have previously already passed your LGV theory test in order to acquire a C1 licence, and are "upgrading" to Category C, then you will not be required to re-take the LGV theory test again.
Your course will typically be split up into 4 hours training per day for 4 Days, with your test being taken on the fifth & final day of your course, where you will receive pre-test warm up training, followed by your Category C practical driving test for which 2 of your training hours will be allocated for.
The HGV Class 2 Category C driving test will be taken in the same vehicle in which you do your training in. The test starts off with the examiner asking you some vehicle safety questions, and is immeadiatly followed by the reversing excercise. You then proceed to spend the next 50 minutes - 1 hour driving on the public road, going over through the test routes you would have practiced during your training. During this time on the road the LGV examiner will assess your ability to interact with other road users along.
Once you have successfully passed your LGV Category C practical test, you will then obtain Category C and Category C1 on your driving licence which will entitle you to drive any rigid vehicle up to 32 tonnes.