How to Be a Lorry

While those in America know them as “truck
drivers,” the terms mean the same and refer to those who are responsible
for delivering goods to various parts of the country. The qualifications vary
according to the size of the lorry, but one thing is constant: you have to pass
a written and driving test as well as meet certain medical requirements in
order to obtain a license to become a lorry driver whether it’s over the road
or local haulage work. It would be impossible to list all the requirements
here, but we will highlight some of the more important ones.

General Overview

While most people think of lorry drivers as being
overweight, middle-aged white men, that stereotype is quickly changing.
Currently approximately 1% of drivers are female and 2% for from minorities.
Many companies are starting to target younger people, both men and women both
of whom are looking for the freedom being a driver offers. With so many modern
conveniences today, drivers are no longer hesitant to take their spouses and
children along with them, an added plus to being a haulage driver. How many
employers would actually allow you to take your spouse and children on a
business trip? When you learn how to be
a lorry driver, hat can become one of your fringe benefits.

In addition to the freedom the job offers, there is the
salary that ranges between £26,000-£34,000 annual, a figure that
is substantially above the national average. Of course, this depends on many
factors including your location, experience, type of vehicle, what you are
hauling and the company for which you work. Even those who are self-employed
will have varying salaries since what they earn will be based on the contracts
they obtain less the expenses they incur. With the current state of the economy,
having a job that offers countrywide—and even worldwide if you so
desire—opportunities is important. Once you learn how to be a lorry driver, it
is easy enough to transfer your credentials anyplace you happen to go.

There are several opportunities that are available once you
learn how to be a lorry driver. The general job duties for this occupation
include but may not necessarily be limited to the following as posted on Driving for a living:

  • Deliver supplies and other materials to shops
    and buildings
  • Drive box container or curtain-sided vehicles
  • Drive tankers containing various liquids
  • Drive tankers containing dry materials or
  • Transportation of farm animals
  • Delivery of goods that require temperature
    control such as foods, flowers and other perishable goods


The type of license you need after you learn how to be a
lorry driver depends upon the load the vehicle is capable of carrying. For
example, if you are driving a vehicle that has a maximum authorized mass MAM)
of more than 3.5 tons but not over 7.5 tons, you will need a C1 license, and a
C license if the vehicle you drive has a capacity of more than7.5 tons.

In order to obtain a license to drive a lorry you must
usually be over 21 and hold a full category B license before you can even take
the test for either LGV (large goods vehicle) or PCV (passenger carrying
vehicle), the latter of which pertains to bus drivers rather than lorry
drivers. You will also need a trailer entitlement (+E) in order to be able to
drive those lorries. Members of the military can drive trucks that fall into
these categories at the age of 17 while others can drive them at 18 under the
following conditions:

  • They already passed the driving test and the
    initial CPC qualifications
  • The individual is currently learning how to be a
    lorry driver or is taking a test for either this category licensing or for the
    initial CPC qualifications
  • The individual is currently enrolled in a
    national vocational training course that will allow him to pass the initial CPC
  • The individual acquired a driver’s license prior
    to September 10, 2009

You also must exercise a certain quality of conduct after
you learn how to be a lorry driver. The Traffic Commissioner with jurisdiction
in the area where you live is in charge of monitoring the conduct of lorry
drivers. If the Traffic Commissioner revokes or suspends the driver’s entitlement,
the Secretary of State will uphold that decision.

When you submit your application for a license, you must
notify DVLA (Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency) if you have any violations
for the following offenses:

  • Failure to adhere to laws governing driving
  • Driving record
  • Mechanical problems with your vehicle
  • Carrying too large a load for your vehicle

Requirements for
Becoming a Professional Driver

One of the most important things you need to know even
before you begin learning how to be a lorry driver is that you must have the
meet the guidelines for training and instruction before you are even permitted
to take the practical. This training must be conducted by an organization that
is approved by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency). Before you will be issued a
license to drive a lorry, you must pass the following tests:

  • Theory and hazard perception tests
  • Driving test
  • Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver
    CPC) test

The theory portion of the test has two parts to it: one
section consists of multiple-choice questions and the second is a hazard
perception test. It doesn’t make a difference which portion you take first, but
it is necessary to pass both sections in order to obtain a passing grade for
the entire test. Once you have successfully completed both tests, you have two
years to pass the driving test.

Following the successful completion of both parts of the
theory test you will receive a certificate in the mail. This certificate
includes your test number, which you will need when you schedule your driving
test. If you do not take the driving test within two years after you take the
first part of the theory test it will be necessary for you to retake it in
order for you to take the driving test.

If you fail the theory test you can schedule another one
right away, but you will have to wait three full days before you will be able
to retake it. This gives you an opportunity to review the points you missed all
of which will be included in the letter you receive in the mail. Since it will
highly for you where you went wrong, you have an opportunity to review those
items before you take the test again.

Another qualification for anyone interested in how to be a
lorry driver is the Driver CPC qualification. The purpose of this qualification
for all professional drivers (lorry, bus and coach) is to help them accomplish
the following:

  • Improvement in all knowledge and skills before
    even beginning your career as a professional driver
  • Help drivers continue to develop knowledge and
    skills all through their professional driving careers
  • Allow drivers to improve their skills in road
    safety so they can become better qualified as professional drivers

There are four parts to the initial Driver CPC

  • Part one consists of a theory test that includes
    both multiple choice and hazard perception questions
  • Part two consists of case studies
  • Part three is a driving test
  • Part four requires the drive to prove his
    vehicle can pass a safety inspection

In order to become a professional driver it is necessary to
pass all four parts of the test. You can save time for yourself by scheduling
the test online. In addition you must complete 35 hours of training every five
years in order to maintain your Driver CPC certification. This period training
consists of attending a series of courses involving different areas related to
professional driving. You need to make sure you only take courses that are
approved by DVLA because no others will count toward completion of your
periodic training. It is not necessary to have a Driver CPC if you are
transporting goods for your personal use.

Medical Competence

It is essential to notify DVLA if you have any medical
conditions or disabilities that might hinder your ability to safety drive a
lorry professionally. Even though you may feel you can still safely handle
learning how to be a lorry driver, the medical advisors at DVLA may feel
differently. You will need to fill out a medical questionnaire that gives them
permission to request information from your doctor if they need to do so. They
try to make decisions based on the information you provide, but it may be
necessary for the medical advisor to do one or more of the following:

  • Contact your personal physician
  • Require you to be examined by a locally
    appointed medical officer at the discretion of the medical advisor
  • Require a driving, eyesight or driving test

While they do try to handle medical evaluations quickly, it
will depend on your individual medical condition and whether it is necessary
for them to request information from your doctor or an outside medical
professional. Following the evaluation you will be notified of the decision
regarding your license to remain a professional lorry driver.




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