Regulations for LGV and PCV drivers

Regulations for LGV and PCV drivers

If you’re 45 or older you’ll need to renew your large goods vehicle (LGV) or passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV) licence every 5 years. After the age of 65, you’ll need to renew your licence every year. See GOV.UK for information about renewing your LGV or PCV licence.

If you drive an LGV or PCV you must follow the rules on how many hours you can drive and the breaks you need to take. These rules are designed to keep you, your passengers and other road users safe by reducing the number of accidents caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel. See the rules on drivers’ hours on GOV.UK.

A tachograph records information about your driving time, speed and distance. It’s used to make sure you follow the rules on drivers’ hours.

Find out more about the rules on tachographs at GOV.UK.

Although there are analogue tachographs in older vehicles, all vehicles registered since 1 May 2006 must be fitted with a digital tachograph. If you’re a vehicle operator you can download data from the digital tachographs in your vehicles using a smart card. Apply for a digital tachograph company smart card at GOV.UK.

Each driver who uses a digital tachograph must have a smart card on which their driving data is stored. Apply for a driver smart card at GOV.UK.

If you need to have a tachograph installed, calibrated or inspected, you must use an approved centre. Find an Approved Tachograph Centre at GOV.UK.