HGV Class 2
Many people who become interested in pursuing stable careers in driving in the UK decide to pursue HGV certification.
There are a number of different kinds of HGV certification available, One of the more commonly selected options is the HGV 2 certification, or HGV class 2 certification.
Here is an introduction to this certification and the steps one must take in order to successfully obtain it.
The HGV class 2 certification is also known as the Category C certification because it allows people to drive vehicles in this category. While Category B vehicles are commonly known as passenger cars, the Category C vehicles one can drive through an HGV class 2 license are significantly larger and specialized, which is why one needs to have even more training to use them.
Category C Requirement
Category C vehicles that one can drive with an HGV 2 license weigh at least 7.5 tonnes and may weigh up to 32 tonnes. Unlike the Category 1 license, which any driver already in possession of a Category B license and at least 18 years of age may pursue, the Category C license, or HGV 2 license, can only be obtained by people who have reached at least 21 years of age, reflecting the greater responsibility inherent in driving these vehicles.
It is not necessary to pursue Category C1 training or pass the theory or practical C1 tests in order to be eligible for HGV class 2 licenses; all one needs to do is study and train for the HGV 2. However, due to the additional difficulty of the Category C license and greater span of expertise it requires in comparison to the Category 1 test, once a driver has passed and met the requirements for Category C certification, they automatically have the licensing power and experience necessary to drive Category 1 vehicles.
HGV Class 2 Vehicles
There are a wide range of vehicles and occupations that require Category C certification, including tankers for oil companies, mobile crane hire, skip firms, high volume loads furniture, car transporters, laundry cloth providers, airport equipment suppliers and support vehicles, council or private waste collection, building and timber merchants, and tarmac and waste tippers. In general, any vehicle that weighs more than 7.5 tonnes is typically going to be operated by someone in possession of a Category C license.
The process of obtaining the license is no different from the process involved in pursuing Category 1 certification, except that the material covered is different. The first step is to obtain a provisional license, which also requires one to obtain a medical checkup that states that one is in good physical and emotional health.
The second step is to apply for the license itself and submit the necessary forms to Swansea, where the DVLA is located. It is important to note that as with Category 1 training, one must already have an existing Category C license in order to be eligible for the Category 2 license. As with other Category certification processes, it will be necessary to pass both a theory test and a practical test.
The theory test is the written test that covers the rules of the road, and there are official study guides publisehd by the DSA as well as a range of HGV training courses that one may pursue. Finally, the practical test involves driving a vehicle under the supervision of an instructor, and is the final step toward obtaining a license.
In conclusion, obtaining one’s HGV class 2 certification is a good idea for people interested in stable and diverse opportunities in driving careers. It is not very difficult to obtain an HGV 2 license as long as one has the proper preparation and necessary paperwork and examinations in place.