With the current global uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and the unparalleled spike in home deliveries, now (arguably more than ever), could be the perfect time to consider becoming an HGV driver. Indeed, according to recent studies, the UK currently has a deficit of over HGV 50,000 drivers. With this in mind, we answer FAQs about a Class 2 licence, and HGV driving.
What is a Class 2 licence?
A Class 2 driving licence allows you to drive a category C vehicle. A category C vehicle is also known as a rigid body vehicle. Having a Category C licence, allows you drive rigid vehicles over 3500kg and tow a trailer up to 750kg. If you want to drive an articulated lorry you will need a Class 1 HGV licence.
What are the licence requirements to drive a Category C vehicle?
To qualify for a Cat category C/Class 2 licence you must meet the following criteria
- be a minimum of 18 years of age, and hold a valid car driving licence
- hold a provisional Class 2 licence,
- pass a medical test
- pass a theory exam
It is important to note, that in order to keep your Class 2 licence (when obtained) you must undertake 35 hours of Periodic CPC training very 5 years.
What are the regulations surrounding Class 2 driving?
For the safety of drivers and other road users, there are strict rules governing the number of hours an HGV driver can drive a day. You are not allowed to drive for longer than 4.5 hours at one time, with no more than 9 hours driving in one day, and no more than 56 hours in any given week. It is important to note that you cannot drive for more than 90 hours over a two-week period. Any 4.5-hour continuous drive must be followed with at least a 45-minute rest. You can split your driving allocation into smaller breaks, but your first break must be at least 15 minutes and your second at least 30 minutes. You must also have an uninterrupted break from driving for at least 11 hours over a 24-hour period, regardless of how many breaks you have had during the day. There are strict financial penalties in place (£300 maximum on the spot fine) for any drivers found breaking these rules.
What personal qualities do employers look for in an HGV driver?
There is more to a Class 2 driver than transporting goods from one location to another. If you are looking for a career in this field, it’s recommended that you can demonstrate you
- are reliable
- are organised
- are calm under pressure
- possess excellent driving skills
- have vehicle maintenance skills
- have excellent communication skills
Unquestionably to be a successful HGV driver, you must enjoy the experience of driving on an open (and sometimes very congested) road. You must also be prepared to be flexible with your working hours and to spend time away from home, family and friends too.
Are you based in London with over 2 years driving experience? Head to our website to read about our current Class 2 Driver vacancies. PPR is one of the UK’s leading technical recruitment businesses providing contract and permanent staffing solutions. If you’d like to find out more about working with one of the industries we support, call us on 01895 80 81 88 or send us a message online.