The age permitted to drive an HGV has changed. Since January this year (2013) you have be at least 21 years old to acquire LGV cat C and CE. You can still go for your 7.5 tonnes from the age of 18.
However you can still get your class 2 or 1 licence from 18, as long as you obtain the Initial Driver CPC qualification (Modules 2 and 4). This applies whether you need Driver CPC or not.
Previously the age was lowered to 18 on September 10th 2009, which coincided with the new Driver CPC (EU Directive 2003/59.)
For young people looking to start a new career, the commercial transport industry has never been the most “sexy” of industries to work in. The new Driver CPC Driver CPC is, in part an attempt to professionalise the role of a HGV Driver and thus make it more attractive to wannabe truckers.
Considering the average age of the HGV Driver is over 50, the commercial transport industry is crying out for new blood.
Driving an HGV at 18 can seem a daunting experience. However most of the skills and knowledge required to drive an HGV will be attained while passing the new Driver CPC.
The commercial transport industry is all up for taking young people on board but lack of driver experience coupled with high insurance premiums may cause problems at the recruitment stage.
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