If you are interested in becoming a professional lorry driver, you may assume it is a fairly straightforward process. That might be especially true if you have a regular licence to drive already. How different could things be, after all? However, although the process is not particularly difficult, there are certain things that must be done in a specific order to properly complete your training.
One of the first things that need to be done is to apply for and obtain a provisional LGV licence. However, what must be done to apply for a provisional LGV license, to get your journey started towards becoming a professional LGV driver and starting your new career?
Do I Need to Have the HGV or LGV Licence?
This is something that appears to cause a good deal of confusion. Therefore, we want to clear it up for you. In order to drive an HGV, you must have a speciality licence. It is referred to as the HGV licence or the LGV licence. To complicate matters even further – the two licences are the exact same thing. When HGV is used instead of LGV it is just semantics and nothing else. There is absolutely no difference on paper. The only time the term LGV matters is when you are referring to light goods vehicles, such as vans, instead of large goods vehicles such as tipper trucks and lorries.
That said, in order to apply for your HGV licence, you will need 2 forms.
The D2 form is the first form that you need to have. It is the application form that needs to be filled in and sent to the DVLA to apply for a provisional licence. The process is the same as when you apply for a standard provisional driving licence, which means it should be a fairly straightforward process for you. The D2 pack can be ordered from the DVLA directly, or it can be obtained from your training school.
The D4 form is the second form that you need. It is more unique for the world of HGVs since it covers medical aspects for drivers. This approved medical form needs to be filled out by both you and your doctor. A registered and licenced doctor must give you a physical exam, and then they need to fill in the relevant sections of the document and sign it. After the form is completed, it needs to be sent to the DVLA to be processed.
This form can be obtained with the D2 pack from the DVLA, or it can be directly downloaded from GOV.UK. We recommend that you download the form from the government’s website since the website also provides you with information and tips on how to properly fill in the form – which can be helpful.
After you have both of the forms filled out, they can be sent to apply for the provisional licence. As long as no complications arise, and there are no red flags on your medical exam or driving records, your provisional LGV licence should arrive by post within about 3 weeks.
Using the Waiting Time to Your Advantage
However, while you are waiting you don’t need to sit around and twiddle your thumbs. This time is used by most drivers to prepare and study for the theory test. This will help you be ready to move forward with the process as quickly as possible.
Easy as HGV specialises in providing new drivers with the support they need as they prepare to embark on their new journey. This ranges from making sure they know how to apply for the provisional LGV licence, contacting the hgv training centre, helping them prepare to take the test and landing their first job within the industry. We offer both practical training and theory at each step in the process.
Our team of experts are available to provide guidance, advance, and share their knowledge. Contact our team today if you would like more information about how we can help you.