This week I have been looking at the theory tests which are involved in obtaining a HGV licence. I have had lots of questions and enquires about how it all works.
The theory test was introduced into car and motorcycle tests in 1996 which was shortly followed by the Hazard perception in 2002. Most candidates will have completed a theory test for the car or motorbike in the past. If you are looking to acquire a HGV licence the theory test is one of the first steps that you will need to complete.
To be qualified to sit a theory test for the HGV/LGV you need to be over the age of 18 and hold a full UK licence. You then have complete a medical and apply for a theory before you can sit the Theory test. What most people tend to do is start studying when starting this process so that they can be ready to sit the test when the provisional licence is back.
So before you can get in the vehicle and start practical training you will have to complete a multiple choice with 100 questions and a Hazard perception which consists of spotting hazards on several video clips. At HGV Driver Training Centre we supply all of our candidates with an up to date online revision system to help revise and prepare for the theory tests. This will have access to all of the modules/mock tests and also practice videos for the hazard perception.
The theory test covers many different modules such as drivers’ hours and rest periods to environmental issues. Most of the test is general knowledge of the Vehicles / day to day duties and the Highway Code. The revision can be completed on an iPad/smart phone or a computer. There are many different apps that candidates can access to help with the revision.
We aim to get all of our candidates through first time. But if the unfortunate happens and you fail the theory test, this isn’t the end of the world. You can get back in for a retest at a small cost. Once this Theory has been completed you can then go on to start the practical training.