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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:31 pm 
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Hiya all just wondering if anyone can help me out with this. :D

I have been thinking about obtaining other licence too drive heavy goods, At the moment with Baywater, yes Work is good but could be better.

At the moment my licence is letting me down in terms of driving jobs.
As soon as I had interviews first thing they ask is If I've got a class 2 driving licence cover too drive 7 tons.

Which of course is a big let down when I say no I don't.:duh:

Is it easy getting grips of driving wagons?

Also how much roughly be for the whole course and how many lessons before I can take the test?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:05 pm 
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Location: County Durham Drives: rio red 16v
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there you go...
https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:22 pm 
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is "class 2 driving licence cover too drive 7 tons"

the same as C1, 7.5 tonnes????

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:06 pm 
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Us oldies will have a 7.5 tonne licence already. :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:00 am 
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thats my point.

if its the same then driving a 7.5 tonne luton or box van is simple.

for us oldies its on our licence.
i have driven 7.5 tonne vans with no training.

so in my oppinion it shouldnt be too much of an issue

good luck

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:07 pm 
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Depends on how you drive.My ex got his top class HGV license with army and couldnt drive the big lorries to save his life he kept hitting things with tail end in tight spaces.
I have driven all sorts of stuff....tractors and trailers,excavators etc etc but not lorries.But I find it really hard driving very small cars for some reason.Maybe just because I don't like them.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:51 pm 
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I drive a tanker with a drag for a laugh on the weekend to help a mate out, in reality its no different than a trailer on a car the principle for reversing remains the same. What takes the fun out of driving is being tackoed. If your driving local or for emergency you don't need a tacko.
If your looking into driving a fixed 6 wheel lory then its just a case of getting used to the size, braking time and the use of exhaust brakes.
Then you have fixed body 8 wheelers which can have a rear steering axle, this can make corning fun but again something you'll get used to. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:20 pm 
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I just remembered driving my dads ford tipper lorry round the field when I was a kid.
It had a handle on the dash he used to sort of pump when he stopped and I loved the sound it made.
Was it something to do with the brakes?
Many a happy thursday spent going to work with him round the building sites in holidays asca kid.lorry,transit or car all fun.hence me being a tomboy!!!


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