What is an HGV/LGV?

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Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), also called Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) in the UK, are any truck over 3.5 Tonnes gross combination mass (GCM). Commercial Vehicles weighing less than 3.5 Tonnes are often called light commercial vehicles. All commercial vehicles are required to track drivers hours using digital tachographs.

HGV Licences

Heavy goods vehicle licences are required to drive HGVs. The different categories of HGV driving licences require different types of training that qualify HGV drivers to operate different types of commercial trucks:

HGV C
Rigid vehicles up to 32 Tonnes gross vehicle weight ie Box vans, tipper trucks, drop side and flat beds.

HGV C+E
Articulated lorries (tractor trailers) up to 44 Tonnes.

HGV C1+E
Vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 Tonnes.

There are also specialisations available for HIAB, fork lift ADR Hazardous Goods qualifications and Transport Managers CPC.

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