How Old Do You Need to Be to Drive a Lorry for a Living in the UK?

If you love driving then you might be currently thinking about becoming a Lorry driver.

In order to drive a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) in the UK, you need to meet certain requirements and have done the necessary training. The training for becoming a lorry driver can be quite tough and not everyone is up to the task.

Before looking at the requirements to become a lorry driver, let’s first look at the pros and cons of the job so you can decide if it’s right for you.

The pros

  • You’re out on the open road and not stuck behind a desk all day
  • You get to see a lot of the country
  • You can make good money if you’re prepared to put in the hours

The cons

  • It can be very stressful at times
  • You’ll be away from home a lot

The minimum requirements

The minimum requirements in order to become a lorry driver in the UK are as follows –

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK
  • You must hold a full Cat B Driver’s licence
  • You must undergo Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training with a licensed company

The reality

Although anybody over the age of 18 who holds a full driving licence can train to become a lorry driver, the truth is that just 1% of lorry drivers are under the age of 25. This isn’t necessarily just because so few young people want to do the job (although that is a big factor) but also because a lot of trucking companies will not hire drivers under the age of 25. There are couple of key reasons for this.

First drivers under the age of 25 are often perceived to be more reckless behind the wheel. This is obviously something that is not appealing to trucking companies who are trusting drivers with very expensive vehicles that cost a lot to insure, run and maintain.

The main factor that makes getting work for young lorry drivers difficult though is the difficulty of insuring them. Lorry firms usually insure their vehicles as a fleet and the named drivers will make a big difference to the cost of the policy. Younger drivers are much more expensive to insure (if they can get cover at all) and this alone is enough to put a lot of companies off hiring drivers who are under 25.

Visit Clean Green Truck Insurance for more information on truck insurance, including why it costs more for young drivers.