HGV drivers perform a central role within the UK economy, with retailers, manufacturers and logistics firms all reliant on having these specialists available to them. Drivers are often required to travel long distances and are expected to have impressive driving skills. In addition to being able to drive a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV), most are also required to assist with loading and unloading, meaning that an emphasis is often placed upon being physically fit. Duties may also include co-ordinating delivery routes with transport managers and most HGV drivers should expect to work around 42 hours per week.
HGV Driver Education Requirements
Although HGV drivers aren't usually expected to have particular academic qualifications, a sound knowledge of Mathematics, English and Geography will usually prove to be an advantage. In addition, drivers are required to have a full driving licence and to be at least 18 years of age. It's also necessary to have a professional driving qualification, known as the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Successful applicants will need to pass a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) test, depending upon the size of lorries that are to be driven. A category C1 licence will allow drivers to operate vehicles up to a weight of 7.5 tonnes. For larger vehicles, it's necessary to obtain a category C licence. There are additional tests for those wishing to drive lorries with trailers.
HGV Driver Market
The current HGV driver market is strong, particularly for Class 1 drivers. Those seeking London HGV driving jobs can expect to be paid a premium, as a result of the specialist knowledge that is required in order to drive an HGV on the streets of the capital.
HGV Driver Salary Information
The National Careers Service suggest that HGV drivers can expect a starting salary of around £18,000, with the average annual salary being closer to £25,000. Those with considerable experience and particularly drivers who operate more difficult vehicles, such as tankers, can expect to earn around £34,000 per year.