Are you ready to learn LGV driving?

Holding a licence to drive large goods vehicles (LGVs) can give you a wide range of opportunities to drive for a living, including

  • delivering shop or building materials (multi-drop deliveries)
  • driving box-container or curtain-sided vehicles
  • driving tankers containing liquids, powders or gases
  • transporting livestock
  • delivering temperature-controlled goods, such as salads, flowers or frozen foods.

There’s a lot to learn about driving an LGV: are you ready for the challenge?

Getting started

Here’s a quick checklist to see if you can learn to drive an LGV.

You must

  • be 18 years old
  • hold a full car licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland
  • apply for the correct provisional entitlements on your licence
  • provide a medical report showing you’re fit to drive an LGV: see GOV.UK for information about the eyesight and medical requirements for an LGV licence
  • make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured
  • display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you’re driving (L or D plates in Wales)
  • be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held (and still holds) a full driving licence for the category of vehicle being driven for at least 3 years.

The time the training takes depends on which category of licence you’re applying for, but many trainers offer intensive five-day courses for LGV licences.

Learning to be a good driver

Good driving is nott just about learning the rules of the road: your skill and attitude as a driver are vital too, and you’ll keep learning and developing these over the years.

As a professional driver, you should set an example to other road users by showing the right attitude to your driving and a good knowledge of safe, modern driving techniques.

A good driver

  • is responsible for what they do while driving
  • concentrates on what they’re doing
  • anticipates what could happen around them
  • is patient with other road users
  • is confident about how to drive safely.

Next steps

Use the guide to becoming a bus or lorry driver on GOV.UK.

You’ll need to

You can find out more about vocational instructors who are recognised and endorsed by DVSA by visiting:


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