What is an LGV?

A Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) is a classification for a large vehicle, the abbreviation used throughout the United Kingdom and European Union (EU). LGV drivers need an LGV licence, which is a Category C licence, allowing them to drive commercial trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 3.5 tonnes (but less than 7.5 tonnes).

The term LGV replaces the older term HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) and is now standard across the EU. The abbreviation LGV is not to be confused with light goods vehicles.

Lorry drivers, and drivers of other commercial vehicles including tippers and haulage lorries, need to make sure they have the correct driving licence.

If you are currently considering LGV driving, current vacancies and driver shortages make it an ideal time to look at LGV training, for either of the different categories available, such as LGV Class 1 or LGV Class 2.

LGV Class 1 is for Category C+E vehicles, which are articulated lorries, or artics, pulling trailers (with a drawbar). These LGV lorries are normally for long haul transportation and work longer national or international routes.

LGV Class 2 is just for Category C lorries, also known as rigid vehicles. These can be lorries such as flatbeds with drop sides, tippers, box vans and fire engines.

There are commercial driver training schools that help with both the theory test and driving tests. These training providers often help drivers to maintain their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).

ADR driving tests are required for LGV lorry drivers who want to drive heavy goods vehicles transporting hazardous goods.

For drivers who pass the training course and successfully complete the practical test with a qualified examiner for their LGV lorry licence then have entitlement to drive a Category C vehicle, in one of the many industries that have a demand for LGV/LGV lorry drivers, including the logistics industry.

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