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HGV / LGV and PCV Driving Test

Practical Driving Test – Module 3 – 1.5 hours

  • Licence Categories C & C1, D & D1
  • The practical driving test is required when upgrading a license to a higher vehicle category e.g. from D to D+E, C1 to C, C to C+E.
  • North Lancs Training provides the required driving lessons in approved vehicles in preparation for the tests.
  • Generally taken in an automatic vehicle, you will still receive a full manual licence.

The LGV /HGV and PCV driving tests include the following three parts:

Controlled Area Manoeuvring

In a controlled area you will be examined on your general driving, and on set exercises which will include:

  • An ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
  • Demonstrating the uncoupling and re-coupling procedure if you’re taking a trailer test

The Road Drive

  • The drive on the road will last for about 60 minutes and the overall test takes about 90 minutes.
  • 5 to 10 minutes of Independent Driving where you will be asked to follow road signs as opposed to the examiner directing you
  • The driving test includes an Eco-Safe driving assessment. The examiner will assess your vehicle control to see if your driving is eco-friendly. This will not go against you if you don’t, however the examiner will give you a leaflet regarding this at the end of the test if you have not complied with the eco-friendly element of the test.

Vehicle safety questions for lorries and buses

  • These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, candidates will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.
  • As vehicle technology advances, more and more vehicles are being equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, which inform the driver of the state of the engine fluid levels and tyre pressures. It will be acceptable for a candidate to refer to the vehicle information system (if fitted) when answering questions on fluid levels or tyre pressures.
  • Drivers seeking vocational licence entitlement should be experienced and technically expert, the assessment criteria reflects this.

What vehicle do I use

We recommend you will use our vehicle for the training and the test. You can use your own vehicle providing it meets the minimum test vehicle standards, which will be checked on the day.

For LGV driving test training, PCV driving test training, trailer test training to pass your test with confidence just call 01254 384857

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