A Career in LGV Driving
Large good vehicles (LGV) drivers are employed to drive goods in commercial vehicles
from one destination to another, usually from a supplier to a customer. They
drive all kinds all vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, including rigid trucks, articulated
lorries and trucks pulling trailers. This occupational area usually has plenty of
vacancies and offers lots of travel opportunities both in the UK and across Europe.
LGV entitlement is divided into three categories:
- Category C1 – vehicles over 3.5 tonnes
- Category C – rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes
- Category C+E – articulated lorries and lorries pulling trailers
LGV workers can work anywhere in the country, especially experienced drivers with C
or C+E licences. Job trends vary from region to region and there may be more
opportunities near major manufacturing or warehousing/distribution areas.
The following general skills will normally be required:
- Familiarity with the rules of
- Good time-keeping and planning
- Good communication and
customer care – the driver is often the main point of contact between an
organisation and its customers
- IT literacy –
there’s usually in-cab technology
- Flexibility - hours are often
anti-social and overnight stays may be required
No formal academic qualifications are required, but you should have basic ability in
English and maths. You are required to hold an LGV licence and have a good
driving record, as well as good eye sight and colour vision. The LGV test
includes a medical.
The Driver CPC superseded the Young LGV Driver Scheme in September 2009 and the new
regulations reduced the standard minimum age for LGV drivers from 21 to 18 years.
There are also LGV apprenticeship opportunities and Advanced Apprenticeships, so it
is worth visiting the Apprenticeship websites to see what is available (there are
separate sites for each of the four nations):
Please note that although apprenticeships are open to those aged 16, often employers
prefer applicants to be 18 years old.
Salary and career development
LGV Drivers can earn from £15,000 to £35,000 and upwards. Drivers
of fuel and chemical tankers need special training and certification and can earn up to
£35,000. Overtime can increase earnings and there is a tax-free allowance
to pay for overnight expenses.
Experienced LGV drivers can go on to take the Certificate of Professional Competence
(CPC) and move into managing a fleet of vehicles, if they want to broaden their
knowledge or move into transport management, an ADR course in transporting dangerous or
hazardous goods by road.
Many LGV drivers are self-employed. LGV Drivers working for a haulier or distributor
could progress into self-employment, operating their own vehicles, perhaps eventually
owning a fleet.
Self-employment is not the only route, and there are opportunities with:
- Transport/distribution companies
- Third part
- Specialist driving
- Retailers and
For more information on LGV driving careers visit the following websites: