Large Goods Vehicle Driver

Job facts

  • There are around 300,000 LGV Drivers in the UK
  • Modern lorry cabs are comfortable and quiet, often with air conditioning, bunks and cooking facilities
  • Drivers can earn up to £33,000 a year

Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Drivers (also known as Lorry Drivers) distribute millions of tonnes of goods around the UK, as well as to and from the Continent.  There are around 300,000 LGV Drivers in the UK.  Some drivers are self-employed, driving their own lorry. Others work for a manufacturer, major retailer or distributor or a road haulage firm. An LGV Driver will often plan the delivery schedule with Transport Managers, and check that the lorry is safely and securely loaded and unloaded.

Collection and delivery times affect driver hours. They are also restricted to a legal maximum of 60 hours per week, and an average of 48 hours. Modern lorry cabs are usually comfortable, quiet, and may have air-conditioning and heating. Some have sleeping bunks, fridges and even cooking facilities.  Salaries may range from around £16,500 to £33,000 a year.

LGV Drivers need:

  • knowledge of driving laws
  • the ability to concentrate and stay alert over long periods
  • to enjoy driving and navigating across long distances.

Drivers must have a clean driving record, normally be over 18, hold an LGV licence category C1, C or C + E and pass a medical examination. Under new EU laws, all new LGV Drivers will also have to train for a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). Apprenticeships may be available.

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