Can I Drive A Lorry On A PCV Licence?

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In the UK, driving large vehicles requires specific licences tailored to the type of vehicle you intend to operate. Two of the most common licences are the Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence for buses and coaches and the Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence for lorries and trucks.

A common question we get asked at Heads of The Valleys Training is whether a PCV licence permits driving a lorry. To clarify if this is possible, below is everything you need to know.

Can You Drive A Lorry With A PCV Licence?

The short answer is no; a PCV licence does not entitle you to drive a lorry.

The skills and regulatory requirements for driving passenger vehicles and goods vehicles are distinct. Therefore, you must obtain the appropriate LGV licence to drive a lorry. Depending on the class of PCV licence you currently have, you will only be allowed to drive the following vehicle with a PCV licence:

  • Category D: Drive buses or coaches with more than 16 passenger seats.
  • Category D1: Drive minibuses with up to 16 passenger seats and a maximum length of 8 metres.

Transitioning From A PCV Licence To An LGV Licence

If you hold a PCV licence and wish to drive lorries, you can follow these steps to obtain an LGV licence through Heads of The Valleys Training:

1. Medical Examination

To ensure you are fit to drive large vehicles, you must pass a medical examination. This involves completing a D4 medical form, which a doctor must complete (we arrange all this for you).

2. Apply For A Provisional LGV Licence

We will provide you with the D2 application form (which collects personal information, driving history, and details about the type of licence being applied for) that you can submit to the DVLA along with the completed D4 medical form to obtain a provisional LGV licence.

3. Theory Test

You’ll then need to pass the LGV theory test, which includes a multiple-choice section and a hazard perception test.

4. Practical Training & Test

Once the paperwork and theory are out of the way, you’ll then undergo training to prepare for the practical test, which includes:

  • Vehicle safety questions: Basic maintenance and safety checks.
  • Practical road driving: Driving on public roads to assess driving skills in real traffic conditions.
  • Off-road exercises: Reversing manoeuvres and coupling/uncoupling for Category C+E.

5. CPC Certification

Finally, if you plan to drive professionally, you must obtain the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). To obtain this certificate, you must complete LGV Module 4 and CPC periodic training every 5 years.

What About The Other Way Around: Driving A Bus With An LGV Licence?

Again, the short answer is no. The LGV licence specifically covers vehicles intended for goods transport and does not include the necessary qualifications for passenger transport.

Key differences between the two licences include:

  • Passenger Safety: Ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers, managing boarding and alighting, and handling emergency situations involving passengers.
  • Route Management: Navigating urban routes, adhering to schedules, and making frequent stops.
  • Regulatory Requirements: Compliance with specific regulations related to passenger transport, which differ from those for goods transport.

Conclusion

Hopefully, the above article has made it clear that it’s not possible to drive a lorry with a PCV licence. Although you may feel that driving a large bus is similar to driving a lorry, the specific skills and regulations required for each type of vehicle are different, meaning a proper licence is required for each type.

At Heads of the Valleys Training, we offer comprehensive driver training programmes tailored to both PCV and LGV licences. Our experienced instructors are committed to providing the highest quality training, ensuring you are well-prepared for your tests and confident on the road. Whether you’re looking to expand your skills or start a new career in transport, get in touch with our team, and we will help you achieve your goals.