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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)

£19,000 Starter


£36,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 52 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become

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How to become a large goods vehicle driver

You can get into this job through:

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


You can get into this job through a large goods vehicle (LGV) driver C and E intermediate apprenticeship.

The armed forces have apprenticeship roles for drivers including for heavy goods vehicles.

You can find out more from their careers websites.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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'll need to get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

There is information on some of the vocational qualifications you can take on Find training to become a HGV driver.

You can find training providers in your region by searching online. The Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training lists providers of refresher training for qualified LGV drivers. Many of these also offer initial LGV training.

The National Vocational Driving Instructor Register (NVDIR) also contains a list of registered LGV training centres.

Courses vary in length. They cover things like driving skills, basic mechanics, loading and securing loads. At the end of your course you'll need to pass 4 parts of the CPC test that includes:

  • a driving theory test
  • online case studies
  • a test of your practical driving ability
  • a practical demonstration test

To choose a course that's right for you, compare several providers before signing up to one that really fits your needs.

You may be able to apply for a place on a Skills Bootcamp in HGV driving.

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses that last up to 16 weeks.

If you successfully complete the course you will be guaranteed a job interview with a local employer.

You'll be fully trained to drive large vehicles, and will gain a category C or category CE licence.

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Career tips

Companies often need more LGV drivers at peak times. Demand for jobs can affect salaries.

Look for seasonal opportunities on retail and delivery company websites and with specialist driver recruitment agencies.

Further information

You'll find details about large goods vehicle licence applications on Become a qualified HGV driver.

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

You can find out more about careers in LGV driving from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of vehicle and public safety and security
  • concentration skills for staying focused while driving
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a driving licence that includes LGV for lorries, or PCV for 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

Every 5 years, to stay qualified, you will need to take 35 hours of driver CPC training and renew your lorry driving licence.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties you may:

  • provide excellent customer service to promote your company
  • make sure companies and individuals get the goods they need
  • plan delivery schedules and routes with transport managers
  • make sure loads are safely secured
  • check your vehicle to identify and report any issues
  • drive safely within the law and keep your vehicle tidy and roadworthy
  • follow traffic reports and change your route if necessary
  • supervise or help to load and unload goods
  • complete delivery paperwork and log books

Working environment

Your working environment may be physically active and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You can often increase your salary through shift allowances and bonuses.

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.

You could become a self-employed LGV driver and work for different companies or set up your own transport company.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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