The average salary of a permanent, full-time UK LGV driver is currently around £27,000. A newly qualified HGV driver (cat C and CE) can expect to earn a salary in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 in permanent employment, whilst an experienced driver can earn in the region of £23,000 to £35,000+.
Temporary or Agency LGV Driver Employment
A large number of new HGV drivers opt to work with agencies, driving for a variety of different organisations, in order to gain experience and improve their driving skills. The disadvantage of agency work is that the pay rates can vary. Drivers may not be achieving hourly pay in line with their qualifications and experience. Temporary work also cannot be guaranteed.
Pay expectations for the various entitlements are listed below:
• Cat C1 (over 3.5 tonne but no more than 7.5 tonne vehicle).
£6.50 to £11.00 per hour.
• Cat C (over 7.5 but no more than 32 tonnes – under construction and use regulations – vehicle).
£7.00 to £13.50 per hour.
• Cat CE (class 1, articulated, drawbar type vehicle).
£8.00 to £15.00 plus, per hour.
FAQ,s for B+E trailer towing
1. What are grandfather rights in towing a trailer?
If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:
• Drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM.
• Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.
MAM is the limit on how much the vehicle can weigh when it’s loaded.
It is easy to know if you have grandfather rights as your licence tells you what categories you are entitled to drive.
2. What trailers can I train to tow on?
NDS uses Horseboxes and Commercial trailers for our towing which have to be loaded to the correct specifications.
3. How long does the training take for B+E?
The training can take as little as 4 hours for very experienced drivers with trailers and up to 2 days for inexperienced drivers. It will come down to abilty which will be assessed during your training.
4. How much does B+E Tests cost?
• You can find the cost of our B+E Test course here
No training Company can add anything to this fee as this is a fee set nationally by the government. The fee can either be paid for by you or by Nottinghamshire Driving School when you book your course with us.