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LGV Categories Explained

LGV Categories Explained

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Which Route Do You Go Down For Your Driver CPC?

It is dependent on these two factors....

1. When you passed your car test and
2. The date next to your C1 entitlement (if you have C1) in Column 10

When did you pass your car test?             Back of Drivers licence

SO YOU WILL FALL INTO ONE OF THESE 3 CATEGORIES....

C1 is 3.5 ton up to 7.5 ton - It is the lowest truck category. If you DO NOT have a date in column 10 on the reverse of your licence next to C1 catgory? (Just a line though it) You are a “NEW DRIVER” and need all 4 Modules of the INITIAL Driver CPC to complete your Driver CPC (and acquire your C1 licence category).

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C1 is 3.5 ton up to 7.5 ton - Is the lowest truck category.
Do you have C1 and a date in column 10 on the reverse of your licence AFTER 09/09/2009 ? If so you are a “NEW DRIVER” and need all 4 Modules of the INITIAL Driver CPC to complete your Driver CPC You must have completed Modules 1+3 but now need to complete Modules 2+4.

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C1 is 3.5 ton up to 7.5 ton - Do you have C1 and a date in column 10 on the reverse of your licence BEFORE 10/09/2009 ? If so you have acquired rights and need a 35 hour Periodic Training Course to complete your Driver CPC.

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AFTER THAT ALL DRIVERS MUST COMPLETE 35 HOURS  (5 DAYS) EVERY 5 YEARS (FROM DATE ON DCQ)


C1 Licence Category

C1 Category Blonk

C1 is 3.5 ton up to 7.5 ton - Large Van or Ambulance, over 3500kg Gross Weight but under 7500kg.


C1E Licence Category

C1E Category Blonk

Large Van or Ambulance, over 3500kg Gross Weight but under 7500kg.

You can drive C1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg, but the trailer - when fully loaded - can’t weigh more than the vehicle. The combined weight of both can’t exceed 12,000kg.


C Licence Category

C Category Blonk

C is the next category up it’s 7.5 tonne upwards and also know as a “Rigid”. Between 7500kg - 32,000kg GVW.


C+E Licence Category

CE Category Blonk

CE is the next category up. Also known as Class 1or “Artic” (Articulated Lorry). The largest articulated truck or lorry, upto 44,000kg max weight. Large vehicles Category C+E
You can drive category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg. You can only apply for this licence once you have passed your Category C (Rigid, Class2).