LGV Category C+E Driving Licence:

To be an LGV C+E, HGV Class 1 driver you need to hold full LGV category C driving licence with a valid and in date provisional LGV category C+E entitlement.

Theory Test:

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

Practical Driving Assessment:

You may wish to attend a free one hour driving assessment. For this you will need to produce your 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 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 training course. However some drivers who already have experience in shunting large trailers or reversing smaller trailer combinations may attend a reduced course of 16 hours, or exceptionally 12 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.

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 8am and 4.30pm; 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, or if necessary over a longer period of 4 to 5 days averaging 4 hours training each day.

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 will cover vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban and rural roads, dual carriageways, motorways, off-road reversing, trailer uncoupling and recoupling exercises.

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.