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FAQs – Driving Courses

Will I need a provisional licence even if I have passed my car-driving test and hold a current driving licence?

A. Yes. All Vocational Driving Licence categories will require candidates to firstly meet the higher medical regulations and hold a provisional licence for the category they wish to acquire.

How old do I have to be to take a Vocational driving course and test?

A. Normally you will need to be 21 years of age although there are some exceptions, if you wanted a PCV licence these can be obtained at 18 years of age but you will be restricted to driving on a regular service where the route does not exceed 50km. LGV Category C1 can also be taken at 18.

I have passed a theory test when I had car-driving lessons, will I need to take it again?

A. Yes. You will need to take a theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle, for example, if you have a car licence and you want a bus licence you will need to take a theory test.

 

To upgrade within a vehicle category you will not normally have to sit the test, for example, if you have a category C licence (Class II) (rigid body lorry) and you want a C + E licence (Class I) (articulated lorry) you will not have to take a theory test. You will however have to take the relevant practical test.

 

Anyone with sub-categories C1 and D1 entitlement who obtained those categories when they passed their car test and wants to upgrade to a C or D licence will have to obtain the correct provisional entitlement and pass a theory test.

Do I have to go to my own Doctor to have my medical examination?

A. No. Although you can go to your own Doctor, before booking your medical enquire about the cost! It has been known that Doctors can charge anything between £40.00 up to £120.00. We normally arrange the medical for our customers at a very competitive rate.

If I am over 21 years of age do I need to take a Category C1 (7.5 tonner) test before taking a Category C (Class II) test?

A. No. If you are 21 or over you can skip Category CI (7.5 Tonner) and go directly to Category C (Class II), the course costs and difficulty levels are the same and you will end up with two licence categories for the price of one.

Is there a compulsory waiting period between taking a Category C (Class II) and a Category C+E (Class I)?

A. No. As soon as you have passed your Category C (Class II) course you will need to send your Provisional licence along with your pass certificate to DVLA, they will update your licence and return it, as soon as it is returned you can take your Category C+E (Class I).

How long does the driving test last?

A. The LGV practical driving test is conducted over a route of about 26 miles, covering a variety of road and traffic conditions. Routes used could include Dual Carriageway, Motorway, Main ‘A’ roads, Country Lanes and congested City Centre roads.

 

The driving test lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes some special exercises. The reversing and controlled braking exercise take place at the Test Centre before going out on the road. There are other exercises whilst out on test.

 

Candidates for C+E (Artic) tests also have to physically un-couple and re-couple the trailer, this is usually done on their return to the Test Centre.

Is one to one training better than shared?

A. There is no quick answer to this one! At the end of the day it is down to personal choice, I have included some factors to consider below: -

 

Some students learn better by watching, some by practical experience, most learn by a mixture of the two. When learning, one student to one instructor, students do not always fully absorb the information explained, it is very difficult to concentrate fully on driving and listen carefully to what the instructor is explaining during the drive.

 

However, when learning two to one there are several advantages. You get a break from driving when the other student drives. When not driving it is easier to “hear” the instructor and plan how you would have approached the situation or hazard. You will learn from each other’s mistakes, (everyone makes mistakes). Discussion with your fellow student can help alleviate any pre-test “nerves” and worries.

 

We offer ONE to ONE and SHARED tuition.

Do you offer a “Guaranteed Pass” scheme?

A. No. We do not make spurious claims that trainees are guaranteed to pass their test, like any other type of test if you make a mistake you could fail! Organisations use the term “Guaranteed Pass” as a marketing ploy.

What is the difference between HGV and LGV?

A. There is no difference, HGV = Heavy Goods Vehicles and LGV = Large Goods Vehicles.

What happens if I make a mistake and fail my driving test?

If you were to make a mistake and fail to meet the required standard, we would encourage you to take an early re-test. Suggesting any remedial training that may or may not be required. From past experience candidates that have failed knew exactly the error committed the moment it happened, and therefore do not require any further training before Re-Test. This suggests you had been fully prepared and ready for the test.

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