Category C+E

Artic Driver Training

Here’s a brief guide to the basic steps needed to gain your C+E (Artic) Driving Licence.

Please be aware that before you can take an Artic Test, candidates must have first passed a Rigid, Category ‘C’ Test.

Firstly, from an estimate of cost point of view, we like to see the candidate behind the wheel for an hour or so to get an idea of an individual’s ability. It’s also a good chance for you to have a look at our operation and ask any questions about rules and regulations – or just training in general. It would be very easy to offer a course of 20 hours for example, but that’s not too good for candidates who require say 12, 16 or 24 hours. That’s why we prefer to give an idea of cost based on a fair assessment. Offering block courses without an assessment makes life simple for training providers, but that’s too much of a risk for the candidate and only works if the exact number of hours required coincide with the amount of the course. We can’t stress enough the value of having driving ability assessed before embarking on a program of lessons and would strongly advise against using a driving school who only offered this option. It’s a bit like buying a very expensive suit without being measured for it or being allowed to try it on – and anyone prepared to sell a product like this should be viewed with extreme caution. Equally be wary of any school who offers more than four or a maximum of five hours training in one day. Excessive hours can lead to a lack of concentration and unnecessary mistakes. Test days should ideally have no more than four or five hours of driving. If the final moments of a test fall outside of this driving period concentration levels can be seriously impaired.

When we have an idea of how many hours will be required we can look at how the course could be built. Courses can be split a number of ways, either a block booking with the test towards the end of the week, Monday to Friday, for example, or alternatively training over a number of weekends. Sixteen hours, for example, can be split over four Saturdays with a test the following week, or indeed eight lessons of two hours on Saturdays and Sundays, whichever is best for individual circumstances. Flexible courses and weekend training only have to be paid for lesson by lesson, so there’s no need to make the total payment in advance.

Simply call to arrange a convenient time for an assessment – including Saturdays and Sundays! It couldn’t be easier.

For further information on driving Categories and Licences, please follow these links:

https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver

https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-categories