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How To Become a Lorry Driver? Qualifications and More

Have you given any thought to how to become a lorry driver? You’ll be responsible for transporting large amounts of goods across the UK, and sometimes go abroad if that is what your job entails. If you love the idea of driving and want the freedom of the open road, then HGV driver work is for you. However, there is a process that potential lorry drivers need to know about.

Naturally, you’ll need the essentials of a valid UK driver’s licence and to be aged over 18, but after that, there’s a little more to consider. Being an LGV or HGV driver is a rewarding career, though, so you need to focus on getting the process right. Let’s take a look.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Lorry Driver?

Becoming an HGV driver means you’ll need to complete a vehicle training course. The process ordinarily takes 2 to 3 months – it largely depends on you. All aspects of the process will be tested, mostly by DVSA.

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Lorry Driver?

There are a wealth of costs that are associated with becoming a lorry driver, including applying for and getting your HGV driving licence, and you’ll have to fund most of them yourself.

The good news is that getting an application for a provisional HGV, LGV or PCV (bus licence) is free. However, HGV driver training, tests and exams cost a bit of money.

Theory Tests for HGV Lorry Drivers

  • Your Driver CPC Multiple-Choice examination costs £26.
  • Your Driver CPC Hazard Perception examination costs £11.

Case Studies

  • Your Driver CPC Case Studies Examination costs £23.

Practical Tests to Become an HGV Driver

  • Your Driver CPC Training Off-Road Exercises Examination costs £40.
  • Your Driver CPC Training On-Road Driving Examination costs £115.
  • Your Driver CPC Training Practical Demonstration (Mod 4) costs £55.
  • Tuition costs will fluctuate depending on the number of hours required and your own personal ability.
  • You’ll also need to pay £25 for your Driver CPC card.

Qualifications Needed to be a Lorry Driver

To become an HGV driver, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be over the legal age of 18.
  • Have a full vehicle licence.
  • Have Existing Driver CPC or Complete the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

If you’re applying for the first time, then you’ll need to make sure that you apply for the provisional licence first – you’ll need this while you train. From there, you just need to pass the five different tests which make up the Driver CPC to qualify for the LGV or HGV licence. You need to take 35 hours of periodic training every five years to maintain your qualification.

Categories You Can Choose From to Drive a Lorry

There are different categories that you can choose from when it comes to driving a lorry:

  • Category Class 1: This is for any vehicle which is more than 7.5 tons and has a detachable trailer.
  • Category Class 2: This is for vehicles which are more than 7.5 tons but are also working with a fixed base.
  • Cat C1: This is for vehicles which are between 3.5 and 7.5 tons.
  • Category D and D1: This is for vehicles where you need to travel with passengers, (PCV).

How to Get an HGV Licence?

There are four main steps to acquiring an LGV or HGV licence.

1. Medical Exam

You’ll be required to have a routine medical exam to make sure that your health is good and that your reflexes work for driving a PCV or HGV lorry.

2. Theory Test

The HGV theory test is designed to make sure you understand the basics of road and LGV, PCV or HGV safety. This will be a combination of multiple choice and a hazard perception test.

3. Practical HGV Driving Test

The driver’s practical PCV, LGV or HGV test will make sure that you are capable of driving a heavy vehicle. This will be conducted by an official DVLA representative.

4. Driver CPC Training

You’ll be required to complete your driver CPC training to make sure you are qualified to drive a PCV or HGV vehicle.

How to Know if Lorry Driving is For You?

HGV lorry driving is a career which can be rewarding work. However, there are certain rules and requirements for HGV, PCV and LGV drivers which should be considered.

As a solo LGV or HGV driver, you will work a lot of time on the road – especially during the typical work day. You may not have anyone else with you, so it can be lonely work, and you’ll need to concentrate on your driving and the road all the time.

However, if you love seeing new places and getting to choose where you go and what you do, HGV lorry driving can be a good career choice.

If you want to learn to drive an HGV, get in touch with us or call 01942 826133. If you want to learn to drive an HGV, get in touch with us or call 01942 826133 or visit our driver training centre in Wigan.

Dangerous Goods Signs: Importance of Hazardous Goods Signage

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As a result, different hazard signs are used to differentiate between the different dangerous goods and that makes it important to understand the placards or individual warning signs for each item.

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Road

Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road – ADR is an agreement of 51 countries including the UK to all operates under the ADR regulations.

The dangerous goods might be flammable or classed as an explosive which means that they have to be transported with care. Safety is paramount but the law does stipulate that these goods have to be transported correctly. This will mean that the driver is qualified and that the right vehicle is used to maintain safety throughout. These different classes pose different risks while on the road, so they all have to be treated with care.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

ADR Hazard Signs & Classifications

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CLASS 1 – Explosives

There are a number of materials that pose a risk which is why this class is broken down into subclasses. This means that it can cover the likes of explosives with a mass explosion hazard, explosives with a severe projection hazard and explosives with a minor fire or projection hazard.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 2 – Gases

There are three different classes of gases and these are known as flammable gas, non-flammable, compressed gas and toxic gas. The kind of goods you can expect to fall under this category includes the likes of helium, neon and nitrogen.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Flammable Gas” title_text=”class2.1″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 2.1 – Flammable Gas

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CLASS 2.2 – Non-Flammable Non-Toxic Compressed Gas

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CLASS 2.3 – Toxic Gas

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CLASS 3 – Flammable Liquids

This class will cover all flammable liquids which include white on red or black on red. This can include products such as petrol and kerosene.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Flammable Solids” title_text=”class-4.1″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 4.1 – Flammable Solids

This is another varied class with a number of potential materials that have to be transported with a warning. This can include flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitised explosives. This can include wetted trinitrotoluene (TNT).[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Spontaneously Combustible” title_text=”class-4.2″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 4.2 – Spontaneously Combustible

This involves transporting those substances that are liable to spontaneous combustion which means that they interact with oxygen.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Dangerous When Wet” title_text=”class-4.3″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 4.3 – Dangerous When Wet

These substances will emit flammable gases once they come into contact with water. This can include calcium, sodium and potassium.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Oxidising Agents” title_text=”class-5.1″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 5.1 – Oxidising Agents

Some substances can self ignite when in contact with a fuel source. This includes the likes of nitric acid and sulfuric acid.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Organic Peroxides” title_text=”class-5.2″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 5.2 – Organic Peroxides

Organic peroxides contain carbon and oxygen which means that the fuel and oxygen are already present, which makes them powerful explosives such as ethyl ether.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Take Out Sign” title_text=”class-6-1″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 6.1 – Take Out Sign

These goods can cause harm to the human body and can include the likes of chlorinated hydrocarbons.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Infectious Substances” title_text=”class-6.2″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 6.2 – Infectious Substances

This can include pathogens that can cause infectious diseases in humans and animals such as Ebola Virus, Lassa Virus and the Rabies Virus.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Radioactive Substances” title_text=”class-7″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 7 –  Radioactive Substances

Radioactive substances contain unstable atoms which means that they could give off invisible radiation that can cause damage to the body.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Corrosive Substances” title_text=”class-8″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 8 – Corrosive Substances

These substances can be very dangerous if mixed together. This includes the likes of acids and alkalis and they can cause significant damage to the body.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”” alt=”Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods” title_text=”class-9″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

CLASS 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Miscellaneous goods will include those that present a risk that is not covered by the other classes. An example of this might be a self-inflating life raft that contains compressed gas, explosive flares and flammable solid materials.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Why is it Important to Use The Correct Signage?

Each class differs which means that the risks between the goods also differ. What this means is that it is important to ensure that all of the goods are transported in accordance with the laws. This signage will clearly state what the materials are while it also makes it possible to identify the risks. As an example, corrosive materials can cause damage to many different materials while liquids that are flammable can ignite and cause significant damage.

As the risks can differ, it means that it is important that these materials are placed in the right dangerous goods storage as per their dangerous goods signage. This is because different controls are implemented to reduce the risk of the hazard and to maintain safety.

Examples are Lithium batteries or Elevated temperature Bitumen which is transported between 170 – 220 degrees range.

How to Choose The Right ADR Transport Company?

When it comes to choosing the right ADR transport company, it is important that they are fully aware of the European Agreements Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods. This means that they have the scope to understand the different goods, the signs, the risks and know how to transport these goods in line with laws and regulations. They should also have qualified drivers who are highly trained and the right vehicles for transporting the goods. The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions in order to be suitable, therefore, an experienced and reputable company will put everything in place to provide a first-class and safe service.

Driverlink Training provides the full range of ADR Training Courses for drivers involved in the transportation of Dangerous Goods. Find out more about our ADR Training modules.


It is important that the right signage is used when transporting dangerous goods. It is also vital that the company transporting the goods also understands the signs and risks. This highlights the importance of the correct training, so drivers are well-equipped and capable of delivering a service that meets all expectations.


What Is Haulage?

Haulage is the process of transporting goods by road and these goods can consist of many different things. This can range from food supplies to fuel and machinery to even vehicles. Road haulage is essential to the economy in the UK and the rest of the world as it ensures that items are transported on time and reliably. It is a crucial service and that is why haulage companies will offer a variety of haulage services. The haulage industry is one of the biggest industries in the UK with more than 2.5 million employees. Essentially, haulage companies will offer vital haulage services that keep the country moving.

Road Haulage Services

Road haulage companies will offer a range of services and this ensures that they meet the needs of many different clients. This proves just how crucial haulage is to the UK and the transportation of goods.  Therefore, they will offer the following services:

  • Same Day Delivery – This will involve the transportation of goods within a certain geographical area to ensure that the goods are delivered the same day.
  • Pallet Delivery – Pallet delivery will involve the delivery of items stored on pallets. This often relates to food items and even parts and materials for a range of other industries. This service is often time-restricted which means that they have to be delivered by an agreed time.
  • Oversized Pallet Delivery – Pallets can come in larger sizes and so, oversized pallets can also be delivered as part of a specialist road haulage service.
  • Refrigerated Transport – Refrigerated transport is crucial to a whole range of industries especially the food and drink industry. Goods will be transported in specialist refrigerated trailers and will remain at a constant temperature to ensure they are delivered in the right condition.
  • Container Transport – Many items are transported around the world in containers and container transport will ensure that these containers are transported to shipping ports on time.

Benefits of Using A Haulage Company

Expertise – Using a reputable road haulage company will mean that they have many years of experience in the industry. They will understand your complete needs and will be able to implement the right service that you need, ensuring they meet your exact requirements through adequate transport planning.

Cost-Effective – Transporting goods yourself can prove costly, especially when you factor in the cost of purchasing a vehicle and fuel. Using a road haulage company will enable your goods to be transported in a cost-effective way. All warehousing will be handled and the entire transportation process will be managed, all of which will come with no additional costs that you might face if you handled it yourself.

Save Time – Planning the transportation of goods requires experience and a vast amount of knowledge and that means that it can take time. a professional road haulage company will have the right technology in place that will plan the transportation of your goods efficiently and effectively, helping to save you time.

Knowledge – A haulage company will have knowledge of the correct transportation methods required to deliver a first-class service. This includes the loading and unloading of your goods, the driver experience of the chosen routes and the ability to utilise the right vehicles.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Haulage Company

When choosing a haulage company, it is important to consider the following:

The Right Vehicles and Trailers – You need to make sure that your chosen haulage company has a wide range of vehicles in a number of sizes. This means that they have vehicles that go from small vans up to large 44-tonne trucks

  • Experience – Experience counts for a lot when it comes to haulage and with it comes a level of trust that is required when transporting your goods. This will give you confidence knowing that they can deliver your goods on time and safely.
  • Following Regulations – The haulage industry is governed by strict rules and regulations. This means that they adhere to the laws and regulations that enable them to operate safely.
  • Reliability – You need to make sure that your chosen haulage company is reliable and able to meet your needs. This means that they will take care of your goods from the moment they pick up your goods to the moment they deliver your items and that includes handling, storage and meeting deadlines.

When it comes to haulage, there are a number of things to consider, especially when choosing a haulage company. The transportation of goods, regardless of how small or large they might be, requires the right approach. Therefore, transporting goods successfully requires understanding, experience and professionalism and these are things that reputable haulage companies should offer.

Safe Loading and Unloading Operations on Vehicles

When considering the loading and unloading of vehicles, it can seem as though it is a relatively straightforward task. However, it is considered to be one of the more dangerous activities that take place in all aspects of operating a vehicle that carries goods. While unloading a vehicle, the most common incidents will involve customers and staff whereby they are hit with items falling off the vehicle or even being struck by the vehicle. Along with this, it is common for staff to experience injuries when they load and unload their vehicle as they fall from the vehicle or are hit with items while unstacking them or loading them. As a result, it makes perfect sense to understand what is involved when it comes to safely loading and unloading vehicles to reduce the risk of injuries and problems.

Best Practices for Loading and Unloading

Choosing the Right Location For Loading and Unloading

When vehicles are unloaded or loaded, it’s important that this takes place in a location that is away from customers or staff. Furthermore, a dedicated area should be created, so it’s possible to load and unload the vehicle while reducing risks.

Along with this, the driver should also wait in a safe area until the process can be carried out. To ensure that the vehicle is steady and level, the ground should be level and secure as this will ensure injuries are avoided. Another considering to make are overhead cables and other dangerous obstructions that could cause problems.

Securing the Vehicle With Safety in Mind

It’s crucial that workers ensure that the vehicle is safe and secure. This means that all brakes are applied as well as any stabilizers where necessary. The aim is to ensure the load remains safe as a result of ensuring the vehicle is stable. The floor of the vehicle should also be checked and removed of any debris to avoid trips and falls, giving workers the opportunity to carry out their job safely.

Secure Shifted Loads to Prevent  Injury

During transit, it’s possible that the load can shift as the vehicle moves around the road. What this means is that the stability can be compromised and that can cause it to become dangerous when any restraints are removed. So, workers should make sure that loads are safe and secure to ensure that the unloading can take place safely.

Minimizing the Risk of Falls in Employees

One of the main causes of injuries in workers is falling from the vehicle when they load and unload. This can be caused by slips and trips on restraints, ropes, blankets or other items. So, it’s important that the area on the vehicle remains clear and safe, giving workers the opportunity to access the rear of the vehicles while staying safe.

Make Access Simple and Safe for Workers

While it might seem tempting to jump on and off the vehicle, this comes with significant risks such as not reaching the back of the vehicle, jumping off and injuring a leg. Furthermore, the correct machinery should be used when lifting items onto and off the vehicle such as a forklift truck to assist with lifting. Accessing the vehicle should be done using a ramp or a raised ramp where possible, so it’s important for every business to consider how workers access the vehicle.

Access should also be clear which means that all rubbish, debris, strapping and packing materials should be removed beforehand. It’s also important that workers face the rear of the vehicle when unloading items while they should consider the surface that they are walking on as it’s vital to ensure it isn’t wet or covered in slippery substances. When exiting the vehicle after loading it, it’s important to check surroundings as it could lead to jumping in front of a moving vehicle or even hitting a pedestrian.

Correctly Secure Loads to Avoid Injuries

Loads are not just secured to protect them as they are secured as a way of keeping them in place during transit. Therefore, you should consider using load straps and anchor points. Therefore, loads should be spread evenly by employees and stacked correctly to ensure that cargo is secured adequately.

Plan the Work Correctly and Communicate Efficiently

It’s important to ensure that all work is completed to schedule and where possible to avoid busy times. This means that customers and the public and not at risk. Furthermore, employees should also be given specific instructions on where and when they should unload or wait. With the right knowledge on transport management and right communication, it can mean that risks are minimized.

While loading and unloading cannot be avoided, it’s important to make sure that all of the correct safety precautions are taken. This can help to ensure that all deliveries take place effectively, efficiently and safely. Employees should be given sufficient time to check loads and to make sure that they are suitable while they should be given the right equipment too. While the risks are always there, doing everything possible to reduce them can help to make a significant difference.

What is Transport Manager CPC?

The Transport Manager CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a legal requirement to show that all goods and passenger vehicle operators are professionally competent to meet the operator licencing requirements. This qualification is offered from the Department for Transport and is an industry recognised qualification throughout the EU. To obtain the qualification, modules must be passed by candidates from a mandated syllabus.

What are the benefits of having Transport Manager CPC? 

• You will receive a qualification that is recognised across the EU to show your professional competency and skills.
• You will gain the knowledge needed to run an effective transport operation that is compliant.
• It will enable you to be nominated as a professional and competent person on a standard operator licence in any business for national or international operations.
• You will be able to undertake further higher-level qualifications in further or higher education.
• You can undertake additional qualifications that will go hand in hand with Transport Manager CPC such as a Level 3 certificate in Logistics Operations etc.


This qualification, obtained by OCR, is a lifetime award, so once you have received it, you will be considered professionally competent for the rest of your life. Of course, it can be affected by certain criminal offences.

When you choose to study for this qualification, you will cover and learn from a wide range of topics to comply with road transport laws across all businesses. It is classed as an Advanced level qualification, and although there are no entry requirements, it is recommended to have English and Maths skills equivalent to Level 2 (GCSE).

Here at Driverlink Training, we can help you pass your Operators CPC exam first time.

The sooner you book the Transport Manager CPC course, the more time you will have for home studies. Prior and throughout the course we will be here to fully support you and will deliver a home study folder, explain all the content to help you begin your studies. If you need any extra guidance, we available during working hours to answer your queries and can even arrange calls with our experiences and professional instructor to help you out.

Exams only take place 4 times per year and as we are accredited by the OCR we can conduct the exams in our centre. These are usually the months of March, June, September and December. Your 9-day intensive course will be 2 weeks prior to your exam date, ensuring you feel fully prepared and have been given all the knowledge needed to pass first time.

If you’re thinking of booking the Transport Manager CPC course or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

What is ADR Training?

Under international regulations, hauliers must be familiar with the laws on transporting dangerous goods by road, as well as the procedures involved in classifying these goods.

With this in mind, ADR Training is an essential requirement for any driver that is carrying dangerous goods.

All drivers regardless of their previous driving experience must be in possession of an ADR Vocational Training Certificate. An ADR certificate is valid for 5 years, and it’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure that this is renewed on time.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything that you need to know about ADR and ADR training. 

What is ADR?

Introduced in 1968, ADR is the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. Most European countries are signed up to ADR, with each country implementing specific safety measures through its own national legislation. ADR is strictly policed.

ADR ensures that any goods deemed to be dangerous can freely cross international borders by road, providing that the goods, vehicles and drivers comply with the regulations.

ADR regulations are updated every 2 years in response to advances in technology.

Under ADR, when transporting dangerous goods internationally, drivers must ensure that their loads are accompanied by an official transport document, which includes the full classification of all substances being carried and how they should be packaged.

You must also ensure that you carry the following documents:

– transport documents containing prescribed information for each dangerous substance, material or article being carried

– emergency instructions in writing

ADR Certification

ADR certification is legally required for carrying anything that is deemed to be dangerous goods and drivers of all vehicles carrying dangerous goods must have an ADR training certificate.

There are, however, exemptions for drivers carrying the following:

– Small loads below the threshold limits

– Dangerous goods packed in limited quantities

– Dangerous goods packed in excepted quantities

If you are transporting certain types of dangerous waste, you must also register as a waste carrier.

ADR Training Courses

Any driver carrying dangerous goods must attend an approved basic training course, which will provide them with the information and tools they need to:

– Be aware of the hazards involved in the carriage of dangerous goods

– Take steps to reduce the likelihood of incidents occurring

– Take the necessary measures to ensure their own safety as well as that of the public and the environment, by limiting the effects of any incident that does occur

– Obtain practical experience of the actions they will need to take

ADR Training Courses are designed to ensure that all drivers working in the transportation industry have the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to ship dangerous goods safely and efficiently, from A to B.

ADR is broken down into 9 Classes, and each Class represents different products, eg, class 3 is for fuel. You would then decide which route you want to take, the most common route is 7 classes excluding 1 & 7.

However, before you get started, you will have to complete and pass the Core Class. Once completed, you will then need to select how you are going to carry the hazardous goods, whether that be by Tank, a Package or both.

For further information about ADR and ADR training, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our ADR Training Courses Page.




What is Driver CPC & Who Needs It?

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There are a lot of abbreviations, slang terms and acronyms in the driving industry – and it’s important that as a professional, you know what they are.  In the case of Driver CPC, those who professionally drive an LGV over 3.5t or minibus with 9 seats or more must ensure they adhere to a number of legal obligations that can directly affect the driver and the company they drive for.

CPC stands for the Certificate of Professional Competence and is required for driving professionally in the UK and EU when operating an LGV or Minibus vehicle for hire or reward along with holding the correct licence entitlements to the vehicle you use.

Lorry (LGV) drivers who obtained their licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before 10 September 2009 and Bus and coach (PCV) drivers who hold a relevant vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) gained before 10 September 2008, (including restricted vocational licence D (101) issued after 1991 and D1 (101) issued before 1997) do not need to take the initial qualification. This is because they are deemed to hold ‘acquired rights’. However, they will still have to complete periodic training to keep their Driver CPC.

Existing drivers with acquired rights will receive their DQC when they have completed their first 35 hours of periodic training; their DQC will be valid until 9 September 2018 for PCV drivers and until 9 September 2019 for LGV drivers. Drivers with licences for both PCV and LGV will be covered by one DQC which will be valid until 9 September 2019 which most current drivers will have.

All drivers need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to keep driving for a living. Drivers can check their Driver CPC periodic training record online to see how many hours they have done.

Periodic Training 

Periodic training is delivered through courses that drivers attend over the five-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element to these tests and the minimum length of a training course is seven hours.

Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver’s current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.

Drivers of LGV vehicles prior to 10 September 2009 had to complete 35 hours of training and have their DQC issued by 9 September 2014. The deadline to complete their second block of training is 9 September 2019.

Drivers of PCV vehicles prior to 10 September 2008 had to complete their first block of 35 hours of training and have their DQC issued by 9 September 2013. The deadline to complete their second block of training is 9 September 2018.

Drivers of both PCV and LGV vehicles only need to do one set of periodic training every 5 years.

Initial Qualification

The initial Driver CPC qualification is split into four parts. These include the theory and practical tests drivers will need to pass before they can gain their full vocational driving licence.

The other two parts are optional, and only need to be taken if the driver wants to get the full Driver CPC that will allow them to drive buses, coaches or lorries professionally.

This gives drivers the flexibility to obtain their vocational licence only or to gain full Driver CPC at the same time.

The two Driver CPC theory tests are:

  • part one – theory test. The theory test is made up of 2 parts 1) a multiple-choice test and 2) a hazard perception test.

A driver must take both tests separately and it doesn’t matter in which order the driver completes them. As long as the driver passes both within 2 years of each other the driver will get a theory test certificate.

Once the driver has passed Driver CPC module 1 the driver must pass the Driver CPC module 3 driving test within 2 years, otherwise, the driver will have to pass the module 1 theory test again.

  • part two – case studies

The test consists of seven case studies the driver works through on a computer. The case studies are basically short scenarios based on situations that are highly likely to happen in one’s working life as a lorry driver. The test has been written by industry experts and uses realistic scenarios that a lorry driver may encounter when out on the road.

A pass letter is valid for two years and the driver must complete and pass the Driver CPC module 4 practical demonstration test within the 2 years, otherwise, the driver will have to complete the module 2 case studies test again.

The practical tests are:

  • part three – licence acquisition (practical test of driving ability)

The driving ability test is a practical test that lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes: • Vehicle safety questions • Practical road driving • Off-road exercises

  • part four – Driver CPC practical test (vehicle safety demonstration)

The Driver CPC Module 4 is an interactive test where the driver is expected to demonstrate and explain a number of operations that are required by a lorry driver other than the driving itself.

To get the full Driver CPC qualification, drivers must pass all four parts. If they want to get a vocational licence, but will not be driving for a living, they will only need to take and pass part one and part three.

As a Driver CPC training provider, we know how important it is to make sure you receive the correct training you require, as this can save you money and time if done correctly.


Driver CPC Course Materials

We all know how writing course materials can be a long winded and laborious job, so we have decided to sell off the Driver CPC Course Materials we have used for the last year on to any other training company that it may be of use too.

The material is of excellent quality, and if it wasn’t for us being a Driver CPC Consortium lead being under obligation to change the material annually, I would certainly keep it as it is.

There are 10 x 3.5 hour modules, which would come complete with timings ready for JAUPT approval, colour schemes of your choice and your own logo embedded in to the corner of each slide.

Course titles are as follows:

Driver CPC Course 1: First Person on the Scene of an Accident

Driver CPC Course 2: Health and Safety

Driver CPC Course 3: Health, Diet and Fatigue

Driver CPC Course 4: Drivers Licences, Operators Licences and OCRS

Driver CPC Course 5: Drivers Hours, Working Time Directive and Defect Reporting

Driver CPC Course 6: Economic Driving

Driver CPC Course 7: Safe Vehicle Loading

Driver CPC Course 8: The Highway Code

Driver CPC Course 9: A Drivers Day

Driver CPC Course 10: Digital Tachographs

View Full CPC Training Course Details.

Alternatively, if you would like more information or samples, email me at

Changes to DQC Card Issue

We have recently been informed of changes to the issue of new CPC qualification cards. When drivers have completed their 35 hours in advance of their expiry date, the new replacement DQC will no longer be automatically dispatched but will be kept until either the anniversary date of the final training in the year it expires or is less than one month before the current DQC expires.

There are some concerns that, although this makes sense to some extent(to avoid some DQC’s having almost 10 years validity) Some drivers may mistakenly believe that they have already completed their full 35 hours periodic training, but in fact haven’t.

By the time they realise that a new card hasn’t been issued (and made enquiries) they will find it difficult to obtain the necessary outstanding training (7 hours or even more) in the time they have before their DQC expires and will have to stop driving, which will prove inconvenient and expensive to both employers who don’t closely monitor drivers’ DQC’s and the drivers themselves.

Of course, there is a way of checking periodic training hours through the ‘check your driver CPC periodic training hours’ on the.GOV website If you read the JAUPT website page

Alec Horner  – linked In – states

‘There is another scenario of DQC’ s being issued within the final 12 month’s validity of their current DQC – this would usually be issued on the anniversary of completing 35 hours of periodic training.

An example would where a driver with an expiry date of 9.9.2019 completes the 35 hours periodic training on say 14.12.2016 – the DQC would be issued on 14.12.2018 on the anniversary date of completing the training in the year before the DQC expiry date.

Only where the DQC expires less than one month away will the DQC be issued immediately! However, this still means that many drivers’ DQC’s will not automatically be issued on completion of their next 35 hours periodic training.’

Obviously, the best option for employers is to be as organised a possible and have the training planned out in advance, as we do here at Driverlink CPC Training. We record all training and can up-date where each driver is up to at all times. This just re-enforces the 1 course per year recommendation and then it is much easier to keep track of where all training is up to.

It’s not just Lorry drivers!

It’s not just Lorry drivers!

I refer to the case this week of the family killed by a haulage driver who was filmed using his mobile phone seconds before a collision that wiped out a family on the A34.

The cab footage is hard to watch as the driver in question realises that what is ahead too late. In that split second so many lives have been destroyed and as much as it has highlighted the issue directed at the haulage industry, it is a much wider issue.

I personally have seen a number of drivers, many of them Haulage and delivery, not only on mobiles but at the same time holding their lunch in another hand and steering with their knees, I assume?

But, as we hear of a police campaign stepping up to monitor drivers breaking the law, I would like to think that we all realise that, at one point or another we have been guilty of checking our phone whilst driving and that this could easily have happened to any of us. Obviously, the impact of the terrible incident on the A34 may have been less, or more, had it not been a lorry involved, as the driver of the lorry was actually protected to some extent by his vehicle.

What we have to take into account, certainly as far as the transport industry is concerned, is the outside pressures on the drivers and how their driving is effected by the job that they do.

Particularly at this time of year, the pressure on drivers is immense and they are very often being badgered by their company to give up-dates on where they are, what the next job is, changes to their route etc. This all by mobile phone and they may be worried about losing their jobs if they don’t keep in contact.

I will certainly think twice next time I go to quickly check whose texting me and I hope the memory of this awful accident will make everyone think. But I think we also need to be aware of when and how we communicate thoughout haulage and delivery and make sure we are all taking responsibility.

Health & Safety isn’t just about our work environment, it is a 24 hour concern!