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Practical Driving Test Pass Certificates make people very happy!

It’s great for us to see the sheer pleasure on the face of our successful candidates when they’ve passed their Driving Test!

A lot of hard work goes in to the courses we provide and it’s great to see all the hard work pay off when the candidates take their driving test. We appreciate this can be the start of a new chapter in peoples lives. It gives them more options with their careers and offers the chance to branch out into driving jobs that were previous out of reach.

We love to see success stories and we are currently showing off lots of pictures on our TrainDrive Facebook page at the moment. Feel free to head over to the Facebook page and give us a like.

Here are a few of our recent successful lorry drivers:

If you would like to join in and be another success story with TrainDrive, then give us a call today. Perhaps you just want some CPC training? We have spaces available on courses leading up to Christmas currently. The CPC dates are available on this page by clicking here.

We offer full training for Categories C1, C1+E, C and C+E. So if you are budding Ambulance driver, horsebox owner, looking for a new career as a lorry driver, then we have the answer. Based just by the Dartford crossing in Kent, we are easily accessed from all parts of London and Kent. As you can see from our pics, we have some great fully liveried trucks to train in.

More details on all of our courses are available on the relevant sections of the website. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a friendly voice instead, then call us on our numbers below:

Tel: 01322 901 306
Mob: 07973 731274

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Car and Trailer / Van and Trailer – Category B+E

Car and Trailer / Van and Trailer – Category B+E

Looking to tow a trailer? We offer car and trailer driver training to get you the licence you need.

If you obtained your driving licence after 1997, you might be legally required to obtain a B+E licence to tow a trailer.


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Horsebox Driver Training

Horsebox Driver Training

Do you have a horse or horses that you have to transport between locations, perhaps between the stable and the showground?

Horsebox Driver Training


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Are you looking to drive a horsebox Cat C vehicle

Are you looking to drive a horsebox Cat C vehicle

We can help you pass your Horsebox Cat C licence just like we did with Lucy

First of all we would like to congratulate Ruby on passing her cat C practical driving test. Now she can drive her horsebox. As a result of training with us, she passed first time with only 4 minor faults today! That’s fantastic and because of this she can get ready for a busy competition season ahead with her horses. We wish you a very successful year competing.

Ruby recently left a lovely review on our Traindrive Facebook page which said the following:

I had the best time training and was made to feel comfortable and confident straight away, which obviously made a huge impact as I passed my Practical first time! Will definitely be returning and recommending!
Thank you so much!!


Posted in: 7.5 ton driver training, 7.5 Tonne driving jobs, 7.5 Tonne driving License, 7.5 Tonne Lorry License, Horsebox, Horsebox Driver Training, Horsebox Training, Horses

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Learn to drive with us in 2018

Learn to drive with us in 2018

Starting a new driving career in the new year

2018 is nearly upon us.

The start of a brand-new year.

Are you looking to progress your driving career and obtain new categories on your vocational licence such as C1, C or C+E?

Based in Dartford, Kent – TrainDrive is ideally placed within minutes of the M25 and Dartford Bridge to provide a great training base for your new driving career allowing easy reach from London, Kent, Essex and beyond.

Are you starting off with a 7.5 T C1 licence? Work your way up with us towards to your full articulated licence.

Once you are successful you will be able to apply for many jobs such as recovery driver parcel delivery driver transportation and distribution.

An increasing demand for delivery drivers

With the ever growing online marketplace with companies such as Amazon, there is a massive demand for extra delivery drivers within London and the UK. Therefore, complete your driver training with us – be successful with us and your possibilities are endless!

Click here for more information on becoming a delivery driver for Amazon for example

Amazon Logistics – delivering

Progressing from C1 to C – sometimes called rigid lorry licence

Do you already have a C1 category driving license and are looking to upgrade to HGV class 2 or category C?
This allows you for even more scope in the job market allowing you to drive bigger vehicles.
In order to obtain your class 2 driving license with us, you will need to do the following:

  • Obtain your medical and provisional driving license
  • Pass your theory test
  • Let us teach you to enable you to pass your practical test
  • Start your driving career

It really is that simple. For your new driving career in 2018 contact us today and let us show you the way!


Tel: 01322 901 306
Mob: 07973 731274

Posted in: LGV / HGV Driving lessons, LGV / HGV Driving lessons Essex, LGV / HGV Driving lessons Kent, LGV / HGV Driving lessons London, LGV Driver Training centre Kent

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Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers

Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers

Changes are coming regarding the fining of commercial drivers and the powers of DVSA Traffic Examiners

Rules to be changed so that drivers can be fined for the last 28 days worth of offences where they drive tired

According to the Government’s Vehicle Operators Licence pages, the law is soon to change with regard to the fining of Commercial Drivers. Rules will soon be changed so that lorry, bus and coach drivers can be fined for every time they are caught driving tired within the last 28 days.
Currently, the DVSA can only fine drivers for offences they commit on the day or ongoing offences such as tachograph record manipulation.

DVSA traffic examiners to get new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for up to 5 Driver Hours offences

If you are a professional driver and commit offences regarding your driving hours then you can be fined for offences within the last 28 days for up to 5 offences with on the spot fines by DVSA Traffic Officers.

It’s not just the United Kingdom. This includes elsewhere.

If the driver is not from the UK then they will have to pay immediately or risk the vehicle being immobilised until they do.

When is this change going to happen?

We currently don’t know an exact date for these changes but will let you know when we do. The GOV.UK website will also be updated. Click here for the link to the information we have currently.

Why is this change coming in to force?

Lorry, bus and coach drivers must take a 45-hour rest break at least every fortnight.

From 1 November 2017, DVSA will start to fine drivers up to £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem. For example, if a lorry driver spends their full break in the cab of their lorry in a layby.

The DVSA will fine drivers who simply do not get enough rest. Drivers who have insufficient rest cause collisions as they can make mistakes. Driving tired is never acceptable.

The consequences of driving when tired

Crashes involving tired lorry drivers can be devastating. Almost a quarter of injuries in accidents involving lorries are fatal or serious.

About 40% of sleep-related accidents involve commercial vehicles.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), driving while tired may be responsible for:

  • 1 in 5 of all accidents
  • up to a quarter of serious and fatal crashes

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HGV Driver walk around check

What you need to know as a Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver

This is the first in our series of helpful information for Vocational Licence Holders – HGV (LGV ) / PCV etc

TrainDrive heavy goods vehicle HGV driver tips

There are many responsibilities of a vocational driver and these include being professional and law abiding on the road and also things like daily vehicle checks. For every vehicle on the road, it is down to the driver to make sure it is roadworthy and legal. Ultimately, the driver is responsible for the vehicle they are driving. Therefore, it is very important that prior to driving on the public roads, each driver thoroughly checks the vehicle for any defects etc.

The driver should spend sufficient time checking all the major parts of the vehicle in respect of safety equipment and routine items. At the very least each time a vehicle is taken out of a depot for example, the driver should have checked the following:

  • Wheels (including nuts)
  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • Bodywork in general
  • Trailer Coupling
  • Load safety and security
  • Mirrors

Nowadays, driving a large goods vehicle on the streets of the United Kingdom is a challenging task to say the least. Especially in built up areas such as London. When driving in city centres, drivers rely heavily on mirrors and these should all have been checked prior to commencement of the journey. Furthermore, the required mirrors should be in place for example:

  • Class II – normal rear view mirror
  • Class IV – wide angle rear view
  • Class V – side close proximity
  • Class VI – front projection

These are explained in more detail on the TfL Safe Lorry Scheme website.

Here are some links to the TfL PDF documents:

Safer Lorry Scheme poster

Full wording of the scheme’s Traffic Regulation Orders

List of vehicles exempted from the scheme

Exemption for trailers with sliding bogies

Exemption for HGVs fitted with indirect vision devices

Vehicle compliance guide: class V and VI mirrors

Vehicle compliance guide: side guards


Cyclists are all too vulnerable to heavy goods vehicles and drivers need to safeguard themselves to prevent collisions. This includes simple things such as ensuring the indicators work correctly, the audible reversing and turning alarms work as they should and that there is sufficient view out of each window / windscreen which is not blocked by items such as satellite navigation systems and TV’s etc.

Keeping good clear unrestricted vision all around the vehicle is essential to prevent collisions and ultimately prosecutions.

The Gov website offers a large amount of advice for drivers and those looking to become vocational licence holders. For more information on the Heavy Goods Vehicle Daily Walk Around Check, visit the following website:


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Top Reasons To Become A LGV Driver In The UK

Top Reasons To Become A LGV Driver In The UK


Currently, the top reason for becoming a LGV (Large Goods Vehicle Driver) in the UK is that there seems to be a large number of vacancies available.


This is mainly due to the fact that current LGV licence holders have left the industry for other job prospects and that there are a lack of new trainees in the field.

This is leading to employers adjusting their policies to make LGV driving positions much more attractive. Drivers can therefore start looking forward to earning higher salaries, receiving greater benefits and better working hours than before. Despite the current lack in LGV drivers, salaries in the industry have always been considered to be relatively good, often between 50p and £1 above the minimum hourly wage.

Another factor that makes a career in LGV driving a positive choice is job security. The industry is not only highly regulated to protect the rights of drivers but the lack of drivers means that employers take steps to retain their current employees.

The current lack of drivers is also due to individuals not fully fulfilling the requirements to become a LGV driver. Many drivers already have their C+E and C class licences without completing the necessary CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) training. CPC courses involve training provided by authorised providers for a period 5 hours per day over 7 days. There are no tests or examinations and receiving a DQC (Driver Qualification Card) from the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) is based on attendance only.

The fee involved for the training and acquiring the DQC is nominal. However, as part of their drive to make positions more attractive, some employers in the industry are willing to cover the cost if drivers are already in possession of a C or C+E category licence.

Another reason to consider a position as an LGV driver is the flexibility involved. Drivers who prefer the open road can apply for long distance positions that involve travel throughout the UK or even abroad. Those who prefer to remain close to home can opt for positions that offer regional, local or city hauling.

Driver training and licensing requirements are relatively low and can be achieved rather quickly. In order to start training, drivers must first have have a regular car driving licence. Next, a class 2 or C category licence is required which involves training, a test and practical examination. Upon achieving the C licence, drivers can further their prospects by achieving a class 1 or C+E category licence.

The amount of time taken to achieve these licensing requirements is dependent on the training course taken and the time available that can be dedicated to the training. A course where the trainer dedicates time to the learner on a one on one, daily basis is fastest.

In fact, individuals can pursue a career in LGV Driver Training without impacting their current job by opting for part time training on weekends or when they have other time available.

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£100* for CPC Training Module 4 if conducted alongside our LGV class 2 course

£100* for CPC Training Module 4 if conducted alongside our LGV class 2 course

If you choose Traindrive for your LGV Class 2 category C licence, then take advantage of their special offer


*Traindrive currently charge £100.00 + VAT for module 4 if conducted alongside the LGV class 2 course or £265.00 + VAT if done separately. ( excludes £55 test fee )

you will be required to complete a Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test at a cost of £55.00, as part of obtaining your Category C licence, the training will be carried out in a fully serviced full size 18T Scania 260 94D.

Traindrive is an approved Periodic CPC training provider authorised by the JAUPT approval body No.AC00774.

The Driver CPC Module 4 test takes place at the practical test centre and the examiner will test your knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Loading the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
  2. Ensuring security of the vehicle and contents
  3. Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking of illegal immigrants
  4. The ability to assess emergency situations
  5. Preventing physical risk – Emphasis on daily walk round vehicle safety checks

After successfully completing Driver CPC Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 the driver will be able to drive professionally and will be sent a Driver Qualification Card, which must be carried whilst driving.

In order to obtain your Class 2 LGV licence you need to:

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What You Need To Know About C1 Ambulance Driver Training

What You Need To Know About C1 Ambulance Driver Training


Becoming a Paramedic has often been described as an extremely stressful yet at the same time extremely rewarding job. Due to the responsibilities involved in this career in association to becoming an ambulance driver that is either non-medical or medical there are specific qualifications and skills that you will need to attain. These will include:


  • A Full UK Drivers Licence
  • Specialised training in relation to the field you have decided to specialise in
  • Graduate level educatio
  • The CAT C1 Ambulance Driving Licence
  • Emergency Response Blue Light Training
  • The Ambulance Driving Licence


The C1 Ambulance driving licence will provide you with the opportunity to drive any ambulance or vehicle that weighs up to 7.5 tonnes. These vehicles typically include trucks, small lorries and ambulances. Without your C1 licence you will not be able to pursue a career as an ambulance driver. This is due to that the technique used to drive vehicles that are larger will differ to the smaller ones. In addition, the speeds that you will be traveling in an ambulance require that you are able to develop certain skills.

The CAT C1 licence is usually easy to obtain and it is suggested that training courses that are extensive are required in order for you to obtain your licence. Once you have reached the stage that you are able to drive such vehicles in a competent manner you can then apply to take the test. The actual test is regarded as easier than when compared to a standard driving test due to the fact that the art related to driving has already been learnt. Once you have passed the test you will be rewarded with an upgraded license that will afford you with the choices to develop your career in the future in the field of paramedics.

You can view your C1 Licence as the initial stage of finishing off the non-medical portion required to becoming a qualified paramedic. Once you have received your licence and you are in the stages of your medical training, the last part of receiving your qualifications can occur which will include the Emergency Response Blue Light Training.

The Paramedic Cat C1 Licence will provide you with a way to drive the standard ambulances that can weigh from 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes. This licence will also permit you to carry 8 passengers and is the preferred type of category for those searching for a way to transport individuals or patients from and to hospitals like the NHS Patient Transport Services.

When you do your training and your test you will be driving a 7.5 tonne Mercedes Benz. These up-to-date models feature ABS brakes, Adaptive Electronic Stability Program, air bags and rear-view camera technology that makes the act of reversing simple. The driving course is divided into 2 sections. The first is the Theory Test and the second is the practical test when you will be driving on the road. During your training you will be driving with an expert instructor that will teach you about all the vehicle safety aspects and take you onto the roads whereby you are able to practice driving along the test routes.

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