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What can I drive with a Class 2 licence?

By Sarah Martin — Operations Director — 12th July 2022

Rigid or Class 2 HGV learning vehicle at PFS Training

Trying to decipher what each category of licence actually means can be extremely frustrating and time consuming. Therefore, we have decided to make it really clear what vehicles you can drive with a Class 2 licence.

A class 2 licence is also known as a Cat C licence and it allows you to drive large vehicles which are over 3500Kg (3.5 tonnes) in weight, with a rigid body base (which means the cab and the trailer do not come apart). This can also include towing trailer up to 750kg (0.75 tonnes) in weight. The maximum weight of a Cat C vehicle is 32 tonnes.

This licence type is currently the most common licence held by HGV drivers as it allows them to drive a wide range of vehicles.

You are now probably thinking what type of vehicles fit into this category! Examples of these vehicles are refuse collection vehicles, fire engines, large motor homes or horse boxes and delivery vehicles. They are most likely to be used around cities rather than for long haul journeys.

The licence requirements for driving a Class 2 (Cat C) vehicle are:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age and hold a valid car driving licence
  • Hold a provisional Cat C licence
  • Pass a HGV medical test
  • Pass the Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception theory tests for HGV

Premier Fleet Solutions are able to support you in your application for your provisional licence and we can book your medical at a clinic near to you. We will also provide you with an online study package to help you prepare for your theory tests.

If you are still unsure which licence category you require please give us a call. We are more than happy to advise you. 

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Sarah has a wealth of experience which she brings to PFS. She has worked in the private sector as a training manager and more recently worked in education as a teacher and phase leader, where she was responsible for managing a team. She has many years of customer service experience and is excited to use her transferable skills to drive PFS forward alongside Paul.

Sarah enjoys holidays in the sun and reading, ideally both at the same time.

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