What’s the difference between HGV1, HGV2 and 7.5T?

HGV1 (Heavy Goods Vehicle 1):

Heavy Goods VehicleDrivers operating HGV1 vehicles need to possess a Category C+E license. This license requires additional training and testing beyond the standard Category C license for HGV2 vehicles. Drivers of HGV1 vehicles often transport larger and heavier loads over longer distances, which can lead to increased income potential. However, the size and weight of HGV1 vehicles can pose challenges in manoeuvring through tight spaces and navigating narrow roads, requiring skilled and attentive drivers. Safety is paramount for HGV1 drivers due to the potential risks associated with handling such large vehicles.

HGV2 (Heavy Goods Vehicle 2):

Hgv VehicleDrivers of HGV2 vehicles need a Category C license. While HGV2 vehicles are smaller than HGV1, they still require specialized training for safe operation. HGV2 drivers may benefit from more local routes compared to HGV1 drivers, leading to potentially better work-life balance. However, challenges such as loading and unloading in urban areas with limited space can be more prevalent for HGV2 drivers. Safety remains a key concern, especially when navigating through busy city centres.

7.5T Vehicle:

7 5 TonneDrivers of these vehicles need a Category C1 license. Operating a 7.5T vehicle may require less training compared to HGV1 and HGV2, making it a more accessible option for some drivers. Benefits include versatility in transporting medium-sized loads and potentially easier manoeuvrability in urban areas compared to larger HGVs. However, challenges such as limited load capacity and the need for frequent trips for larger loads can be drawbacks for drivers of 7.5T vehicles. Safety is crucial, especially when sharing roads with smaller vehicles due to the size and weight of the vehicle.

In conclusion, each type of vehicle comes with its own set of licensing requirements, training needs, benefits, disadvantages, challenges, and safety considerations for drivers. While HGV1 offers the potential for higher income but requires advanced skills, HGV2 provides local route options with its own challenges, and 7.5T vehicles offer accessibility with limitations on load capacity. Safety remains a critical aspect for all drivers, emphasizing the importance of skill, attentiveness, and caution on the roads.