This is an upgrade to category C1 and you will need to already have a C1 category on your licence before you can apply for this one. C1E allows you to drive a C1 category vehicle which is anything up to 7.5 tonnes, but this time with a trailer larger than 750kg.
If you have C1E you can drive up to a 7.5 tonne vehicle, with a larger trailer, as long as the combined weight of both vehicles, when fully laden, does not exceed 12 tonnes (12,000kg)
So, once you have successfully passed all your C1 tests, if you decide you want to tow a larger trailer then you will need to apply for this upgrade to your licence. The good news is that we can help with this and provide all the training you will need.
So what could I drive with a C1E?
Examples include a large horsebox with a trailer on the back, or for example, roadside recovery vehicles, and some aggregate delivery vehicles would require this extra licence. If you drive a big horsebox and need to tow other equipment, this is the licence you would require.
What do I need to do?
If you wanted to go for this addition to your licence then you will need to apply for the medium-sized lorry and trailer category (C1 + E) and in order to gain it as a category on your licence you will need to pass the lorry theory test, and then pass the C1 + E practical driving test as well. Once you have done this you can drive vehicles and trailers with a combined weight of up to 12,000kg MAM.
What if I want to drive this type of vehicle for work?
If you are going to be using this type of category added to your licence to drive for a paid role, then you will also need to take the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) which we can also help and guide you through.
If you are an existing category C and D licence holder you have to take part in 35 hours training every five years in order to maintain your CPC. If you are a new driver you have to complete four CPC specialist tests as well as the basic driving licence tests before you can drive professionally.
What if I want to drive a larger vehicle?
There is maximum upper weight limit of 7.5 tonnes attached to a Category C1 licence, or a maximum combined weight of vehicle and trailer of 12 tonnes with a C1+E category, so if you wanted to drive anything larger you would need to go for a Category C licence.
The good news is that we offer full training in all aspects of HGV driver training and our advisors are always on hand to offer support and guidance on which kind of licence you require to ensure you are legal and safe on the roads.
How hard is it to pass HGV training?
It can seem daunting when first looking at HGV driving requirements, with the different licence categories, and all the practical and theory tests involved, but please don’t feel daunted as we are here to make sure you achieve your driving dreams.
When you are revising for the theory tests, focus only on the information which you need to know to pass the test. It can be tempting to read up and cram your brain with tonnes of information but that can lead to overload and stop you learning what you need to know on the day.
You need to practice actually driving a vehicle as much as possible so that the theory becomes real and it’s really the only way to learn. Reading about reversing a lorry with a trailer on the back will in no way equip you with the skills to actually do it.
Take part in as many mock theory tests as you can beforehand, there are plenty out there online so get in as much practice doing the tests as you can. It also makes sense to carry out mock practical tests as well and we can assist with this.
Be Confident and Calm
If there are areas of driving that you are unsure about, or less confident about then tell your instructor and they can focus your training to ensure that when you go for the real tests you are as confident as you can be. Try to learn some calming techniques for test day.