Practical driving instruction and the ability to carry passengers safely is given during your tuition. The majority of driver training being practical in its nature and delivered in-cab on the public highways.
Instruction is structured to give the candidate the widest range of experience and variable traffic conditions including rural and motorway, giving valuable information on vehicle handling and maneuverability, gear selection etc.
A free assessment is given to find out how much training you will need to get you to test standard, normally this is about 5 days.
To become a PCV driver you must possess a high degree of skill in the handling of your vehicle and also be prepared to make allowances for the behaviour of others.
The right attitude and approach to your driving, together with a sound knowledge of professional driving techniques and the ability to apply those techniques, are essential. You will be required to undertake a medical examination to comply with the higher medical regulations that this licence category requires which we can arrange for you. Once you have had your medical you will need to apply for your provisional vocational licence.
Once your licence has been approved and returned to you, your theory test can be arranged, the theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple-choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.
You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the test, and you will need to re-take the part that you failed. The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you are hoping to obtain a licence for. Theory test will contain specific questions that do not appear in any other test.
For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.
You can take this test at 18 years of age.