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Becoming a Heavy Rigid Truck Driver

If you are interested in the heavy vehicle industry then you would have realised that getting a heavy rigid truck licence is a lot like applying for a driver’s licence with a motorcycle or a car. For one thing, you have to have a clean criminal record as well as some sort of commercial driving licence to even start the process. Most countries require some sort of test regarding your driving skills and knowledge before you can even start thinking about applying for a heavy truck driver’s licence. The result of this test can actually determine if you will be issued a heavy truck driver’s licence or not. If you want to learn more about obtaining a heavy truck licence then read on to discover what you need to know.

Getting a heavy truck driver’s licence is similar to getting any other driver’s licence except that the process is a little bit more involved. A heavy truck driver is required to have a valid Class M and H licence which is issued by the heavy vehicle authority. This authority is usually called HET (Highway Traffic Authority) and is responsible for issuing heavy truck driver’s licence’s in most countries including the UK. Just like when you get your regular driver’s licence you need to ensure that you do not offend the terms and conditions of the licence and if you do you could find yourself having to get your licence renewed.

There are some restrictions and requirements that are imposed on people who wish to get a heavy truck licence. To begin with you must have the minimum financial security as defined by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. You cannot even be in possession of a heavy vehicle for a period of three years after you acquire it, which is also the same as if you owned it. After that period you can apply to take a driver’s education course and if you successfully complete the course then you will be issued with a Class M heavy vehicle licence. Once you have a full licence then you are free to drive anywhere in the UK as long as you have insured the vehicle that you are planning on driving on the road. As long as you follow the rules of the road, other drivers and pedestrians as well as animals, you should have no problems as long as you are not putting anybody at risk of accident or injury.

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