C1 Licence (7.5 tonne)
The C1 driving licence allows people to drive vans up to 7.5 tonnes. Drivers who pass the 7.5 tonne C1 test will become entitled to drive C1 rigid vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes with a trailer up to 750kg. If you would like to drive a C1 vehicle with a trailer over 750kgs then you must also pass the C1+E Test.
The C1 licence is very useful for those people seeking employment making deliveries for local companies, as many of these local companies use 7.5 tonne vans for their deliveries, which requires a C1 licence in order to drive.
The other common role for which a C1 licence is required is to work with the NHS as a paramedic or as A&E Support. We are proud to say that we have trained many drivers who are applying to the NHS, many of whom are on a 6 week deadline to obtain their C1 licence, or else risk having their applications discarded by the NHS.
Advantages of the C1 Driving Licence
The C1 driving licence is proving to be the most popular of the LGV driving licences for the following reasons:
- The cost for obtaining the licence is considerably cheaper than obtaining a Category C licence
- You will not require as many hours of tuition, as the test need only be taken in a van as opposed to a lorry
- The test will be easier to pass as you will be taking it in a much smaller vehicle
- If you were to fail the test on your first attempt, the cost of a resit is much cheaper compared to Category C
- Many companies (especially for local deliveries) only require their staff to have a C1 licence