What do you need to be a truck driver?

A truck driver is a rewarding career. Qualified drivers are constantly in demand across many industries so there is always work to be found. You will be out and about rather than stuck in an office, making it a great option for those who enjoy travelling. And if you enjoy driving, it is an ideal way to earn a living doing what you love.

But what do you need to qualify as a truck driver? Here is how to get your qualifications:

  • firstly, you must be aged over 18 and have a full car licence in order to being the process of qualifying for your HGV driving licence, so make sure you get this before doing anything else;
  • before you can take your driving test, you must apply for a provisional entitlement. You should do this by completing two forms: form D2, which you can find at the Gov.uk website, and form D4, which you can apply for here. D4 is a medical report that a doctor must fill in for you;
  • once you have your provisional entitlement, you must arrange your theory test. There are two parts to this: multiple choice and hazard perception. You can book the test online, and you can do either part first. However, you must pass the second part within two years of passing the first. You can find full details here;
  • when you pass both parts of the test, you will receive a pass letter with your results, along with your theory test certificate that has a theory test number on it. This is valid for two years from passing the first part of the test;
  • if you fail the test, you can take it again, but you must wait for a minimum of three working days before doing so;
  • once you have your certificate, you can book your practical test online using your theory test number. The practical test lasts for 90 minutes, and you will be asked questions about vehicle safety as well as having your practical driving skills examined;
  • various areas well be checked as you drive, including your control of the vehicle, braking, signalling, mirrors, hazard awareness and more. You will also have to reverse into a bay;
  • you will be given your result immediately after taking the test. If you fail, you can take it again after three working days;
  • your licence will be valid for five years in most categories. If you are 45 or under, you must sign a declaration every five years in regards to your medical condition. If you are older than 45, you must provide a medical examination report every five years;
  • you should also make sure you have suitable truck insurance before you begin driving on the road. You can get this by either going to an insurer directly or consulting a broker. For example, at Isis Insurance we can help you to find out more about what is available to help you get the most appropriate cover;
  • professional drivers must also have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). When you pass this you will be given a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), and you must renew this every five years by completing 35 hours of training.

If you like the idea of working on the road, start looking into the process of getting some training and applying for your licence and you could be on your way to an exciting new career.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver/overview