FAQs

  • What hours do you do the training to and from?
    Between 7am and 6pm, with sessions lasting between 2-4 hours. Weekend sessions are available on request.
  • How many people are in the cab training?
    Normal training is 1-on-1
  • How long is the training?
    Training hours are flexible to suit you, with training available in 2 hour lessons on a pay as you go rate or a 5 day block booked training with a test on the 5th day. We tend to be flexible so we can cater for specific needs.
  • Is the theory test included in course cost?
    Unfortunately not, only practical training and test day fee are included in the course cost. However Atlas can organise theory test bookings on your behalf.
  • What do I need to organise before I come to you and start training?
    Nothing – Just give us a call and we will get you going on our six step program!
  • What are the requirements for a provisional licence?

    To obtain your licence you will need to have a vocational licence medical examination which can be organised through your GP or any clinic that conducts this type of medical.

     

    Applicants for a provisional licence must:

    • Be at least 21 years of age (exception is for Class C1 licences at a vehicle weight between 3.5 and 7 tonnes for which the minimum age is 18 years).
    • Be a full car licence holder
    • Be in possession of the required medical certificate
    • Have an acceptable driving record

    We are able to make this application process easy for you, providing all necessary documentation for licensing and medicals (including a medical appointment).

  • What documents do I need to provide when applying for a licence?

    If you hold the old style paper driving licence you will need to send form D2, enclosing also your passport or original birth certificate, along with your current driving licence.

     

    A valid UK passport is the preferred method of identification. It means that you will not have to complete Section 5 to verify your photograph. It also ensures a speedy return of your provisional licence.

     

    If you do not have a valid UK passport, you can still apply for a photo card licence but you will need to enclose your original birth certificate (a photocopy is not acceptable) and you will also need somebody who can countersign the back of your photograph. There is no additional fee for a photocard licence – these are now the only style of licence issued.

  • What does the HGV Driving Licence theory test involve?

    The theory test starts with a series of multiple choice questions after which you can take a short break of up to three minutes before talking the second element – Hazard Perception.

     

    This section is intended to test your ability to recognize developing hazards on the road. Following an on-screen tutorial, preparing you for the test, a series of 14 short video clips are shown. The videos, using real road situations, are filmed as if you were the driver. Each clip lasts for about one minute and the DSA have around 200 film clips available, from which the computer will randomly select 14 for your test.

     

    You are given just one chance to respond to the hazard perception videos, the same as you were actually on the road. The test is marked on a points system. Within the 14 clips, there will be ‘scorable hazards’ which are the developing hazards that you need to spot in order to score points. As soon as you spot one, click on your mouse button (left or right) to record the fact that you have spotted it. A flag will appear at the bottom of the screen to show that you have clicked the mouse.

     

    The quicker you respond to each potential hazard, the higher your score for that hazard. However, if you click the mouse repeatedly rather than just when you spot a hazard, you will score zero for that clip.

     

    The maximum possible number of points is 75. Initially the pass mark for LGV / PCV theory test candidates will be 50.