What are the categories?
The medium sized vehicle (C1) is 7.5 tonnes, followed by the Class 2, which takes you to a maximum gross weight of 32.5 tonnes. This then takes you on to the Class 1, which is the articulated vehicles.
We have a 7.5 tonne vehicle and so can train in the C1 and C1+E category. All of the criteria is the same for the class 2 as it is for the 7.5 tonnes. If you have 'acquired rights' as you passed your car test before Jan 1997, you will need the C1+E training and test to remove the weight restriction code to tow larger trailers behind a 7.5 tonne vehicle.
For new drivers to the industry, you will need the following steps;
You should now be licenced to drive a rigid vehicle for work purposes holding a driving licence in the category as well as holding a valid CPC card.
You are now ready to drive the Articulated Vehicles.
This is a 4 day practical training course followed by the practical test. Once you have passed this test, you can drive any LGV.