Becoming a large goods vehicle driver

Becoming a large goods vehicle driver

Holding a licence to drive large goods vehicles (LGVs) can give you a wide range of opportunities to drive for a living, including

  • delivering shop or building materials (multi-drop deliveries)
  • driving box-container or curtain-sided vehicles
  • driving tankers containing liquids, powders or gases
  • transporting livestock
  • delivering temperature-controlled goods such as salads, flowers or frozen foods.

There’s a lot to learn about driving an LGV: are you ready for the challenge?

Getting started

Here’s a quick checklist to see if you can learn to drive an LGV.

You must

  • be 18 years old
  • hold a full car licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland
  • apply for the correct provisional entitlements on your licence
  • provide a medical report showing you’re fit to drive an LGV: see GOV.UK for information about the eyesight and medical requirements for an LGV licence
  • make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured
  • display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you’re driving (L or D plates in Wales)
  • be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held (and still holds) a full driving licence for the category of vehicle being driven for at least three years.

The time the training takes depends on which category of licence you’re applying for, but many trainers offer intensive five-day courses for LGV licences.

Learning to be a good driver

Good driving isn’t just about learning the rules of the road: your skill and attitude as a driver are vital too, and you’ll keep learning and developing these over the years.

As a professional driver, you should set an example to other road users by showing the right attitude to your driving and a good knowledge of safe, modern driving techniques.

A good driver

  • is responsible for what they do while driving
  • concentrates on what they’re doing
  • anticipates what could happen around them
  • is patient with other road users
  • is confident about how to drive safely.

Use the guide to becoming a bus or lorry driver on GOV.UK.

You’ll need to

Find a DVSA-recognised instructor

We recommend that you use only a qualified instructor who has been recognised by DVSA.

You can find these instructors on either one of two national registers:

The National Register of LGV instructors, which is endorsed by DVSA.

The National Vocational Driving Instructors Register, which is recognised by DVSA.