Recent - Class C license

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  1. frankie360m

    frankie360m Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    Firstly, this is my premier post about my first motorhome/RV - is that enough firsts! So please be gentle with me is what I am trying to say.

    Secondly, you will be pleased to know that this is not a debate about licences and the 'grey areas that lie within' - Our motorhome is over 7.5 tonnes, so for my own piece of mind I am going to take the HGV C Class licence before I venture onto the roads with it. What I would like to ask is, has anybody done this test /training recently? And if so, how many days training did you take? And , what was the total overall cost?:BigGrin:

    Thanks

    Richard
     
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    best person to reply to this is (Rick) Motor roamin'......he runs his own HGV training school.
    he'll give you a full rundown on whats required and how long/cost etc.
    i think its a 5 day course and the cost is around £2000 depending on what type of C class you want...full artic, drawbar trailer etc

    off line at the moment, possibly at stratford.
     
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    Hi Richard - welcome to Fun

    I don't think that things have changed too much since I took my test 7 years ago - you have to take the medical and pass it - then the theory test and pass it - and then the actual driving course - assessment will tell you whether it is a 4 or 4½ or 5 or 5½ day practice usually followed by the test on the last ½ day. That is for the C licence - the rigid vehicle licence.

    If you want to tow a car behind your RV then you have to take the C+E licence - once again assessment will tell you whether you need a 4 or a 4, blah, blah, blah followed by the test on your last ½ day.

    It will probably cost you in the region of £1000 for the C test - and another £1000 for the C+E - and in my humble opinion, the cost was worth every penny simply by giving me enough experience and confidence to take my rig almost anywhere in Europe.

    Dick
     
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    Hi Dick,your advice is spot on,I did just that a couple of years ago and worth every penny for the piece of mind alone.

    Regards, John P:thumb:
     
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    Thanks guys for your input, £1000 ish and 5 days training seems the norm for the C Class license, will probably see how I get on before going for the articulated (+ E ) part - Have found a training center locally so hope to be training and taking the test in the next couple of months all being well.
     
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    Good Luck, Frankie - getting the licence opens up so many other possibilities - Agencies everywhere are looking for 'class' 2 and 1 drivers, so there is a possibility of a spare-time income. It also opens up the range of options on 'heavy' RVs should you ever decide to change your current RV etc., etc., etc.
     
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    If the funds are available go streight in for the C+E, regarding agency work you will require a digital taco card and a CPC ive still got my C+E and need to get my CPC before 2014 to keep my driving entitlement so ive been informed ? im going to look into it as its always there as a back up Gray.
     
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    I passed my C 5 years ago (paid for by work thankfully) I now have to have my second medical to retain the licence. You need a medical every 5 years after the age of 45 to keep the entitlement.
     
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    you dont need a CPC if you only drive for pleasure Gray.....CPC is vocational only.
     
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    Neil took his test last year.

    You dont need the cpc unless youre driving commercially.

    Yes you also need the medical once youre over 45 years of age (every 5 years).

    Need also to do your theory and hazard perception test too.

    Good luck

    Pat
     
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    I was pointing this out in responce to moandicks post if you pass a test to drive your RV but also want to do a bit of part time agency work you will need a CPC Gray. :Wink:
     
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    Good point, Gray - I forgot the CPC for Agency work.
     
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    Ive just been checking with a training company as i will be doing my CPC to retain my C+E to fall back on if my current job goes boobs up, ive been informed new drivers that say pass now must also do the CPC training but drivers like me that have had a class 1 for more years than i can remember have until 2014 to do 35 hours of training but i can do blocks any time of 7 hour intervals of the differant sections, so i will be sorting some sessions out soon regarding the price its about £85 a session if your on your own but the more people that book at the same time the price comes down Gray. its just another way for the goverment to make money :cry:
     

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