Phil B is an HGV driver. He got his driving licence when he was 17 and he envied the professional drivers he met. He realised the academic route wasn't for him even though he was clever, "I just like being out there on the road, you know, in the big rig, as it were, trying to be a responsible... take a responsible attitude towards doing my job and looking after the vehicle."
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionLarge Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers (formerly HGV drivers), collect, transport and deliver goods in rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, articulated lorries and lorries pulling trailers.
QualificationsNo formal academic entry qualifications are required. The LGV test incorporates a medical examination, theory test and assessed road driving. LGV drivers of vehicles of 3.5 tonnes and over require a Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence). The minimum age for LGV driving after obtaining the qualification is 18 years. NVQs/SVQs, other vocational courses and apprenticeships relevant to this occupation are available at various levels.
- Checks tyres, brakes, lights, oil, water and fuel levels and general condition of the vehicle;
- Drives vehicle from depot to loading/unloading point;
- Agrees delivery schedule and route with transport management;
- Assists with loading/unloading and ensures that load is evenly distributed and safely secured;
- Drives vehicle to destination in accordance with schedule;
- Maintains records of journey times, mileage and hours worked;
- Undertakes minor repairs and notifies supervisor of any mechanical faults.