If you passed your test after 1st Jan 1997 you can only drive up to 3.5 tonnes (Transit twin wheeler or similar). It’s now very easy to go up to 7.5 tonnes by taking an intensive course typically in a 5 tonne van. Before you can start your Cat C1 driver training you need a medical and then apply for a provisional C1 Licence.
The first stage of the C1 Licence acquisition is to complete a driver medical. This is a higher standard medical than that required to drive a car. This can be arranged locally for you by the team. We will issue you with a D4 medical application form for the doctor to complete at the appointment.
Once the medical is completed you will need to fill in a (D2) Licence application form. This will ask you for the provisional entitlement you are applying for, e.g. C1 (7.5-ton Licence) or C (ridged lorry Licence). Additional medical questions also need to be answered and the form signed at the bottom, please note no picture is required if the Licence you currently hold is in date and is the photo type
You will then need to send the D2 and D4 application forms, as well as your current drivers Licence, to the DVLA. They will then return your Licence with the provisional entitlement that you have applied for on it.
You will be required to do 3 theory tests:
Multi choice – The 100 multiple-choice questions are still part of the new test. These questions cover all the basics of safe and proficient driving of large, commercial vehicles. You must get 85 of the questions correct in order to pass this portion.
Hazard Perception – Learners will watch nineteen one-minute long hazard perception test video clips. Hazard perception clips are computer generated imagery (CGI) and filmed from the perspective of a passenger in the vehicle. Learners must indicate, usually by clicking a mouse button or touching the screen, when they observe a developing hazard. All the hazard perception clips will include one developing hazard, and one clip will include 2 hazards. The sooner the student reacts to a developing hazard, the more points are scored. Points are from five down to one, with no score if the examinee reacts too late. The test pass mark is 67/100 and the test contains 19 CGI clips.
If you wanted to drive commercially with your C1 Licence this would need to be completed.
C1 Licence Practical Driver Training – The driver training is typically conducted in an Iveco Daily 5.2ton van, that meets all the vehicle test requirements.
The 4-day training course with a one-to-one instructor-trainee ratio, this provides the instructor with enough time each day to fully instruct drivers on different test routes and maneuvers required to pass your test.
Your practical driving test will be booked for you and completed on day 4 of your course.
Module 4: Driver CPC demonstration test – This is required if you wished to use your C1 Licence commercially.