Large goods vehicle driver

Alternative titles for this job include LGV driver, HGV driver, lorry driver

Large goods vehicle (LGV) and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) lorry drivers transport and deliver goods between suppliers and customers.

Average salary (a year)

£18,500 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

50 to 52 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become a Large goods vehicle driver

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist training providers

Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as a large goods vehicle driver.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

If you're already working for a transport operator, for example as a clerk, your employer may be willing to put you through training to get your large goods vehicle licence.

Other routes

You can find training providers in your region by searching online. You can also check providers through the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training. It lists providers of refresher training for qualified large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers but many of these also offer initial LGV training.

LGV courses last from 1 to 3 weeks and cover driving skills, basic mechanics, and loading and securing loads. The test includes vehicle safety questions, manoeuvres like reversing into a loading bay, 25 miles of road driving and a theory test based on the Highway Code and LGV regulations.

It's recommended that you compare several providers before signing up to see what they offer and to make sure it fits your needs.

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Further information

You'll find details about large goods vehicle licence applications on GOV.UK.

You can find out more about driver training and the licences you need from the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a driving licence that includes LGV (lorries) or PCV (buses), if you work with these vehicles
  • be over 18 years of age
  • have a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) - this is known as the Driver CPC
  • have good eyesight

The LGV licence test is divided into two categories:

  • Category C1 allows you to drive rigid vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes
  • Category C allows you to drive rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes

You would then take a further test to allow you to drive vehicles with trailers (category C+E).

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • planning delivery schedules and routes with transport managers
  • supervising or helping to load and unload goods
  • making sure loads are safely secured
  • following traffic reports and changing your route if necessary
  • completing delivery paperwork and log books

Working environment

You could work from a vehicle.

Your working environment may be cramped and you'll travel often and spend nights away from home.

Career path and progression

You could take further training and gain an ADR (Advisory Dangerous Goods by Road) Certificate to drive hazardous goods like toxic chemicals by tanker.

With experience, you could train to become an LGV instructor, freight transport planner or move into management.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice LGV Driver Including CE

  • Wage : £254.00 - £525.00 Weekly
  • Location: Newmarket CB8 7NR

Driving Apprenticeship (Warminster)

  • Wage : £200.00 - £220.00 Weekly
  • Location: Warminster BA12 8SR

Courses In England

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

  • Provider: TYRO TRAINING
  • Start date: 23 January 2019
  • Location:

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

  • Provider: TYRO TRAINING
  • Start date: 29 January 2019
  • Location:

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