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LGV Driver Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an LGV Driver. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an LGV Driver
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful LGV Driver Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers, previously known as heavy goods vehicle or HGV drivers, are employed to drive goods in commercial vehicles from one destination to another, usually from a supplier to a customer. They drive all kinds of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, including rigid trucks, articulated lorries, and trucks pulling trailers. This may involve driving long or short distances. They may be required to plan their journeys themselves and schedule their deliveries. They are responsible for the security of their cargo during the trip.

The work may involve loading and unloading the goods, sometimes with the aid of an assistant. Drivers are expected to deal with various documentation and are sometimes expected to undertake routine maintenance of their vehicles.

Hours and Environment:

The basic working week is usually 40 to 45 hours, but many drivers work overtime of up to 25 hours a week. Strict legislation governs the amount of hours a lorry driver can spend driving and resting.

The majority of a drivers time is spent alone in the cab of their lorry, even to eat and sleep. Modern lorries are usually comfortable and may have air-conditioning and heating. Some have sleeping bunks, fridges and even cookers. Outside the lorry it can be heavy, wet and dirty work.

Skills and Interests:

To be a LGV driver, you should:

  • enjoy driving and have excellent practical driving skills
  • be happy to work alone and be able to concentrate for long periods
  • have patience, a sense of humour and a polite attitude towards other road users
  • be polite to customers when picking up or dropping off loads
  • have a good understanding of safety, both on the road and when loading and unloading
  • be able to complete record sheets and paperwork accurately
  • have good physical fitness for working with loads.


Entry:

No formal academic qualifications are required, but you should have basic ability in English and maths. You are required to hold a LGV licence and have a good driving record, as well as good eyesight and good colour vision. The LGV test includes a medical.

The usual minimum age is 21, but many companies will only employ people aged 25 or over because insurance premiums are cheaper. A ''Young LGV Driver Training Scheme'' has been introduced for those aged 16 to 20; see Training section for more details. For some work, especially carrying dangerous loads, companies specify that their drivers should be aged 30 or over.

It is possible to move into LGV driving from other work, such as warehouse and distribution or other road haulage jobs.

Training:

The LGV licence
The LGV licence is divided into two categories: category C allows holders to drive rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes; category C+E allows the holder to drive articulated lorries and lorries towing a trailer.

Companies may train their own drivers, join with other companies to share an instructor or use group training associations. They may also send drivers to the LGV sections of private driving schools. Courses last from one to three weeks and cover driving skills, basic mechanics, and loading and securing loads. The test includes manoeuvring the vehicles in a confined space, 25 miles of road driving and a theory test based on the Highway Code and LGV regulations.

Individuals can also train to take an LGV licence privately at a driving school.

Young LGV Driver Training Scheme
The Young LGV Driver Training Scheme is open to candidates between their 16th and 20th birthdays, and offers a fast-track route to a full LGV licence and an NVQ/SVQ at level 2. There are no formal entry requirements, although some employers may want you to take a basic aptitude test. The same medical requirements as for older drivers apply. GCSEs/S grades, preferably including English and maths, may be an advantage.

Training is provided by approved training organisations who are registered with Skills for Logistics.

You begin with induction training, including health and safety, and units 1 to 4 of the NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Transporting Goods by Road. You can then apply for a category C provisional licence and can drive category C vehicles unaccompanied. Six separate driving assessments are made over the next two years as you gain driving experience.

On completion of the final three units of the NVQ/SVQ, you can apply for the right to drive category C+E vehicles, accompanied by an experienced driver. If all the above are passed, you will be awarded a Young Large Goods Vehicle Driver Certificate at the age of 21.

Modern Apprenticeships
Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Before being awarded an Apprenticeship Certificate by Skills for Logistics, Modern Apprenticeship trainees take:

NVQ/SVQ Level 2 units in Transporting Goods by Road
units from Storage and Organising Road Transport Operations
units from Level 3 Supervisory Management.
Apprenticeships take from two to three years to complete.
LGV drivers who drive vehicles carrying dangerous goods in tanks, tank containers or packages are legally required to hold an ADR vocational training certificate. This is offered to holders of LGV licences by City and Guilds in partnership with the Department for Transport, Northern Ireland Office, DVLA and DVLNI.

The certificate is valid for five years, after which you need to undertake refresher training if you wish to renew it. The initial course usually takes five days and the refresher training three days. The core units cover the general principles of transporting dangerous goods and modules on tankers and packages. You can then choose one or more specialisms, which include explosives; gases; flammable liquids; flammable solids; oxidising substances and organic peroxides; toxic and infectious substances; radioactives; corrosives; and miscellaneous substances. You can add to these at any time but your certificate will still only be valid for five years from the original date.

Details of ADR training providers can be found on the websites of Skills for Logistics and the Road Haulage Association.

Further training
Skills for Logistics, the Driving Standards Agency and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) are currently developing a new unit-based qualification for professional LGV drivers.

The following NVQs/SVQs are available: Transporting Goods by Road; Transporting Livestock by Road; Transporting Petroleum and Chemical Products by Road.

Opportunities:

LGV drivers can work anywhere in the country, especially experienced drivers with category C+E licences. Job trends vary from region to region and there may be more opportunities near major manufacturing or warehousing areas.

Many LGV drivers are self-employed. LGV drivers working for a haulier or distributor could progress into self-employment operating their own vehicles, perhaps eventually owning a fleet.

Experienced LGV drivers can go on to take the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). Details of this can be found in the article on Transport Manager: Road.

It may be possible to move into distribution or haulage management, transport and logistics planning or a specialised area of driving.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

LGV drivers can earn from £14,000 to £35,000.
Drivers of fuel and chemical tankers need special training and certification and can earn up to £35,000.

Overtime can increase earnings and there is a tax-free allowance to pay for overnight expenses.

Further information:

Driving Standards Agency (DSA)
Stanley House
56 Talbot Street
Nottingham
NG1 5GU
Tel: 0115 901 2500
www.dsa.gov.uk (Send £3 cheque or postal order for Starter Pack)

Skills for Logistics*
14 Warren Yard
Warren Farm Office Village
Stratford Road
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW
Tel: 01908 313360
www.skillsforlogistics.org

Freight Transport Association
Hermes House
St John''s Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN4 9UZ
Tel: 01842 552 222
www.fta.org.uk

Road Haulage Association
Roadway House
35 Monument Hill
Weybridge
KT13 8RN
Tel: 01932 841515
www.rha.org.uk

Other Useful LGV Driver Work Information

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