BECOME A CLASS 2 DRIVER ( Category C )
Most people still refer to the licence that allows you to drive a rigid lorry over 7.5 tonnes as a class 2 licence, the DVLA now choose to call this licence Category C.
Whether you decide that you want to become a driver able drive a rigid or an articulated lorry the first step is to obtain your class 2 licence. This will allow you to drive any rigid HGV vehicle over 7.5 tonnes, while typically these go up to 18 tonne they do include all rigid vehicles classified as HGV including the massive crawler cranes and large earth moving vehicles. A further qualification will be needed to operate them on site.
Holders of the Class 2 licence will find their skills in demand, normally for more local multi drop work and of course the mainstay of the building industry tippers and skip lorries. With the vast majority of these drivers returning to their base at the end of the day.
HOW OLD MUST I BE TO TRAIN TO BECOME A CLASS 2 HGV DRIVER?
The Class 2 licence is available to anybody who is 18 years old and holds a current car licence.
MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC?
Changes in regulations now mean that anybody who holds a current manual UK driving is able to take their HGV test in an automatic lorry and receive a full manual Class 2 (Cat C ) licence.