HGV Class 1 – CE Licence Training
Having passed the HGV Category C driving test, the next step for most people is to take the HGV CE driving test, also known as HGV Class 1. This category allows you to drive an HGV articulated vehicle (tractor unit and semi-trailer) and a draw-bar outfit (rigid HGV with draw-bar trailer) up to 44 tonnes.
The provisional licence for a ‘C+E’ vehicle is an automatic entitlement on passing the ‘C’ licence. No further medical or theory test pass is required prior to training.
While the ‘C+E’ licence allows the operation of both an articulated vehicle and draw-bar outfit, you may wish to note that haulage companies operating an articulated fleet may not wish to employ a person who passed the test on a wagon and drag (trailer), this is because the characteristics of the vehicles are somewhat different and inexperienced drivers moving onto an articulated vehicle have been identified as being at higher risk of accident until sufficiently experienced.