Minimum Age To Drive a HGV Truck

There are minimum ages set on all HGV categories by the DVLA. These can be found on the GOV.UK website.

As of 2016, the minimum ages to drive large vehicles are:

  • Class C and Class C+E - 18 to 20 years old if you have a CPC qualification. 21 years old is the minimum age otherwise.
  • Class C1 and Class C1+E - 18 years old.
  • Class D - 17 years old for members of the armed forces. 18 years old following a PCV test and with a valid Driver CPC, limited to local services. 20 years old following a PCV test and with a valid Driver CPC, limited to UK roads. Otherwise, the standard minimum age is 21 years old following a PCV test and with a valid Driver CPC.
  • Class D1 - 21 years old, subject to eligibility criteria.

Do check on GOV.UK before you submit a licence application as there are some exclusions to this rule based on your own circumstances. The short quiz on the GOV.UK will give you the most up-to-date information.


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