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Driving a 7.5-tonne Truck: Which Licence Is Needed?

If you want to drive a 7.5-tonne truck, you need to have a C1 driving licence, which allows you to drive a truck up to 7.5 tonnes and with a trailer of up to 750kg. Follow these tips from Auto Trader Trucks to find out more about how to get your C1 licence. Firstly, you will need to have a full driving licence (category B) to get started.
Medical Requirement
Drivers who want to get their C1 licence first need to complete a medical assessment. The medical standard required for a C1 licence is higher than that for driving a car, so a separate assessment is needed. You need to be assessed by a doctor, who will fill in a D4 medical application form. You can choose to see your local GP or go to a private doctor if you wish. The doctor will ask you about your medical history and whether you have any conditions that could affect your driving. There will also be a physical exam, including testing your eyesight.
Getting a Provisional Licence
After you have completed the medical test, you need to fill in a form to apply for a provisional D2 licence. If you want to be able to drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes, you need to indicate that you're applying for a C1 licence, and you will then answer some more medical questions and sign the form. Both the D2 and D4 forms should be sent with your current licence to the DVLA. The DVLA will return your licence with the provisional entitlement on it.
Theory Tests
Applying for a C1 licence involves completing three theory tests. These include a multiple choice test, hazard perception test and case study test.

The multiple choice test has 100 questions covering how to safely and proficiently drive large vehicles. The pass mark required is 85 out of 100.

The hazard perception test involves watching 19 one-minute hazard perception clips. You must indicate when you see a developing hazard, with one in each clip, except for one clip, which will have two hazards. You need 67 out of 100 points to pass this portion of the test.

The case study test lasts 75 minutes, with seven case studies. You will be asked 50 questions and need to get 40 of them right to pass the test. There is a practice sessions of up to 15 minutes allowed.
Practical Test
After passing the first part of the theory tests (multiple choice and hazard perception) you can book your practical test. This lasts about 90 minutes and tests your safety knowledge and practical driving skills. You can pass with 15 or fewer driving faults, and no serious or dangerous faults. You will also need to book the practical demonstration part of the test, which shows that you can safely load and unload, stop the trafficking of illegal immigrants, assess emergency situations and reduce physical risk to yourself and others.

Get started with your C1 licence today if you want to be able to drive vehicles of up to 7.5 tonnes.

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