Wigan LGV PCV Training Centre

Getting Started

5-Step Guide to getting started

Step 1: Medical

Anyone wanting to gain an LGV or PCV Licence must undertake a medical. It’s a simple medical that checks your eyesight, blood pressure and asks questions about your general health – just to make sure you are fit to drive a vehicle.

There are only two medical conditions which could prevent you from obtaining a licence. These are:

  • Vision in 1 eye only.
  • Epilepsy

If you want to have a look at the Government Medical requirements, you can by clicking here or call us to discuss in confidence.

Once you gain your LGV licence you will then have to complete a self-declaration regarding your fitness to drive every 5 years until you are 45 years old. At that point you will then have to have a medical done every 5 years until you are 65 years old. After this, the medical is every year.

When you come for your LGV medical you need to bring:

  • Driving Licence
  • Name & address of your Doctor or Doctors Practice

The medicals are carried out by our local GPs. Please contact us for more details.

Step 2: Pre-tuition Pack

On the day of your medical we will also complete your Licence Application Form. This will include new photos, change of address, picture licence and licence change from another country).

We will set you up with your learning material to study for the theory tests you have to take. The two main choices for studying are books or online training. Once again, it is your choice; we discuss the choices and you choose the option which suits your style of learning.

On completion of your medical and application form, you post this off 1st class recorded to the DVLA Swansea and start to study while waiting for the return of your licence!

Step 3: Theory Test & Hazard Preception

Once your licence is returned to you, you can make a start at getting behind the wheel. Before that though you need to undertake a few other training modules – all of which you will need to have used your Pre-tuition Pack to study for.

LGV Theory Test

This is a multiple choice test. You will be given instructions on what to do followed by a practice session to get used to the questions and the computer.

When the test begins, you will be presented with a number of questions with answers to choose from. Your instructor will give you advice on how the test is to be undertaken. You will be asked 100 questions over 115minutes, and a score of 85 or more is a pass.

Hazard Perception

In the hazard perception test you'll be shown a short tutorial video on how the test will work. You will be presented with a series of 19 video clips which feature everyday road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. .

To get a high score in the test you'll need to respond to the developing hazards early. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the test because, as when you are driving on the road, you'll only have one chance to react. The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 67 out of 100.

Following the passing of your Theory & Hazard Perception Tests you will recieve a certificate with your Theory Test Number on it, which is needed to progress you through the Practical Test. Your certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of award.

Following on from these tests, we will also arrange for you to go out onto the road with one of our instructors for a taster session which will allow us to establish how much practical traning you are likely to need. We can then get you started with your practical lessons and get you ready for your practial test!

Step 4: Practical Test

Following on from your Practical Training, when your instructor thinks you are ready to undertake your test, you will be put through. This is where we need the Theory Test Number from your certificate from Step 3.

The Practical test last about 90 minutes of driving and is performed under the strict supervision of a DSA Examiner.

The examiner will give you clear and concise instructions on where to drive and instruct you to perform certain exercises.

You will be instructed to perform maneuvering exercises along with road driving such as reversing into a marked spot, braking, and (for Category CE Test) coupling and re-coupling.

Step 5: Driver CPC

Driver CPC is conducted in 2 parts. Part one is a Case Study, and part two is a practical test.

If you are a new driver, you must pass an initial Driver CPC qualification before you can drive professionally.

The initial Driver CPC qualification is split into four parts:

  • part one - theory test (multiple-choice and hazard perception)
  • part two - case studies
  • part three - practical test of driving ability
  • part four - vehicle safety demonstration

You must pass all four parts to be able to drive professionally.

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