If you wish to drive a vehicle up to and including 7.5 tonnes.
Examples of C1 vehicles include: ambulances, horseboxes, refrigerated grocery delivery trucks and home removal trucks. A driver can obtain this licence from age 18.
Drivers who passed their car driving test prior to 1st January 1997 will normally have a category C1 entitlement on their driving licence. This is known as ‘acquired rights’.
If you wish to drive professionally you will also need a Driver CPC qualification. This involves attending courses on various aspects of professional driving.
You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver CPC.
Drivers who passed their car driving test after the 1st January 1997 are not entitled to drive a vehicle that exceeds 3.5 tonnes.
If you wish to drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes you are required to take a practical driving test. In order to do this, you must be over 18 years old and possess a full car driving licence. In addition, you are required to undertake a driver medical examination before applying for a provisional C1 licence and pass theory tests prior to practical training.
The initial Driver CPC qualification is contained within the licencing acquisition process and is completed upon the successful passing of the practical test with DVSA examiner.
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