class 1 hgv driver training in bristol

Introduction to C1 Training

7.5 Tonne Training


To undertake this training, you will need a full car licence, a medical and you need to be a minimum of 18 years of age. Also, there is a theory test that needs to be taken. Car drivers who passed their test after 1st January 1997 will only be able to drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes gross weight. Any weight above this and you will need C1 entitlement on your licence.

Most ambulances have a gross weight of 4.4 tonne and require a C1 licence to drive them.

Horseboxes and campers that exceed 3.5 tonne will require a C1 licence to drive them.


PBDT tailor the course to meet the requirements of the individual. The course will be 5 sessions, either 2 full days or 4 half days. One session will be required for the test itself.

This will be decided once the trainer has been out on a preliminary drive, to grasp what level the driver is at. The course will cover off- road manoeuvring, braking exercise, vehicle checks and safety check questions.

The course offers all the practical experience that you will need to be able to drive a large vehicle safely and to pass your practical test.

What do I need to take the training?

To book in on this course, you will need to have a full car licence, provisional LGV entitlement and be 18 years old. We will supply all course material, safety questions and answers, information booklets to help you and your fully qualified instructor.

Give us a call to arrange practical training and test.

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