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New changes to the Class 1 (Cat. C+E) driving test

15 November 2021

New changes to the Class 1 (Cat. C+E) driving test have been introduced from Monday 15th November 2021. The changes will see the addition of a “fast-track” option for training towards a Class 1 (Category C+E) licence.

Prior to the change, drivers had to pass the test to drive a Class 2 (Cat. C) vehicle before being able to train and pass a test in a Class 1 (Cat. C+E) vehicle – a “staged” testing procedure. From Monday 15th November 2021, the staged testing procedure will no longer be required. Instead, drivers can learn to drive a Class 1 artic directly from their Category B (car), or Class C1 (7.5-tonne) licence. Once their C+E licence is acquired, drivers will be entitled to drive both Cat C (rigid) and Cat C+E (articulated) large goods vehicles. Courses will generally provide training in both vehicle types, and drivers do have the option to train towards a standalone Class 2 rigid licence first, should they wish.

This change aims to free up an additional 50,000 tests a year, as learner-drivers can pass their Class 1 test in a shorter time – helping towards getting more HGV drivers on the roads sooner.

Driver Hire Training can help you train towards your Class 1 licence in a way that suits you, including the new fast-track option. To discuss the variety of training options we offer, get in touch below. Our team can provide you with the information you need to train towards your new HGV licence.

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For the full list of changes, please visit the government’s website.