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


£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


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

More information


If you're already working for a transport operator, for example as a clerk, your employer may be willing to train you.

Other routes

Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) courses last from one to three weeks and cover driving skills, basic mechanics, and loading and securing loads. The test includes vehicle safety questions, manoeuvres such as reversing into a loading bay, 25 miles of road driving and a theory test based on the Highway Code and LGV regulations.

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

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

More information

Further information

For more details on large goods vehicle licence applications see the section on driving, transport and travel on the GOV.UK website.

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/Drivers Mate

  • Wage : £18,000.00 - £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London SW11 3QG

LGV Driving Apprenticeship

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Immingham DN40 2LZ

Courses In England

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

  • Provider: TYRO TRAINING
  • Start date: 19 December 2018
  • Location:

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

  • Provider: TYRO TRAINING
  • Start date: 16 January 2019
  • Location:

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