How to get a truck license?

Requirements, Process and CAP of goods

On many occasions we have talked about everything related to car and motorcycle licenses, which are the most common and the ones that more people get each year. However, there are as many types of license as there are different vehicles. Therefore, today we are going to talk about the truck license, a permit that you will need for the professional field if you want to dedicate yourself to the transport of goods or some other profession that also requires this activity.

To drive a truck, you will need the C driving license, so below we are going to tell you everything you need to know to be able to get it, from the requirements to do so, to the different exams that you must pass.

All about the truck license

The C license allows you to drive trucks weighing more than 3,500 kilos, with no more than 8 passengers, as well as to carry a trailer with a maximum authorized mass not exceeding 750 kilos.

Requirements to obtain a truck license

Not everyone can get a C license to drive trucks, since there are a series of requirements that must be met in order to start the process, which are the following:

  • Be over 21 years of age. However, if you are between 18 and 21 years old, you can get a C1 license, which will allow you to drive trucks between 3,500 and 7,500 kilos, and which, apart from this, only differs from C due to age and the vehicles used in practical exams.
  • Pass the theoretical exam and the two practical exams. If you already have the C1 card, you will not need to take the theoretical test.

Process to get the truck license

To get your truck license, although you can do it on your own, we recommend that you do it through a specialized driving school. Here you can find your closest driving school and request a quote for this type of license.

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The first thing you must pass are the psychophysical aptitude tests. Next, you must prepare the contents to examine yourself for the theoretical test. This exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions, which you will have to answer in a maximum of 20 minutes. To pass, you cannot make more than two mistakes.

When you pass the theoretical part, you will have to do the practices for the practical tests. Once you and your teacher consider that you are ready to present yourself, you will have to take two practical exams. The first is a control of skills and behaviors in a closed circuit (card exam C tracks). Once you have successfully passed this, you will have to take a second practical test, this time the open circuit driving test.

By passing the last practical test on the open circuit, you can start to enjoy your C driver’s license for trucks. In addition, it should be remembered that, when you obtain your C driving license, you will automatically be granted a class C1 license. On the other hand, the C driving license expires at 5 years until reaching 65, after which it will begin to expire at 3 years.

Card withdrawal insurance: how to protect your work

As with other drivers, there is also the possibility that a truck driver’s license may be withdrawn due to the accumulation of traffic penalties that leave him without points. Something that, if it is annoying in the case of conventional drivers, is even more so in the case of transporters since the withdrawal of the license prevents them from fully performing their work.

For this reason, to protect the work of transporters there are also insurance for withdrawal of license. Thanks to this insurance, the work of the carrier will not be in danger.

CAP of Goods, to work as a truck driver

If you want to get your truck license to be able to dedicate yourself professionally to driving these vehicles for the transport of goods, in addition to the C permit, you will need the Certificate of Professional Aptitude (CAP) for goods, mandatory since September 11, 2009 for the merchandise transports.

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For this reason, most driving schools offer the possibility of obtaining the C license and the CAP for merchandise at the same time. To obtain the CAP, you must take a course of 130 theoretical hours and 10 practical hours. Of course, to use this certificate, you must always have the corresponding card in your possession.

If you already have your license and your truck, remember that it must be insured at all times and that Chris Shilling Transport Training offers you the possibility of contracting an insurance from 1 day for trucks, designed for those exceptional situations in which an annual insurance does not fit.

Truck training classes offered by Chris Shilling Transport Training

  • Heavy Combination (HC) Automatic
  • Heavy Combination (HC) Road Ranger
  • Multi Combination (MC) Automatic Course
  • Heavy Rigid Truck training
  • Medium Rigid Truck Training & Assessment

Heavy vehicle truck licenses HR, MC and HC licensing Newcastle With years of experience driving heavy vehicles in the Transport and Fuel industries our Trainer Chris can get you trained up and accredited fast.

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