Large goods vehicle drivers


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers (formerly HGV drivers), collect, transport and deliver goods in rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, articulated lorries and lorries pulling trailers.


No formal academic entry qualifications are required. The LGV test incorporates a medical examination, theory test and assessed road driving. LGV drivers of vehicles of 3.5 tonnes and over require a Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence). The minimum age for LGV driving after obtaining the qualification is 18 years. NVQs/SVQs, other vocational courses and apprenticeships relevant to this occupation are available at various levels.

Typical tasks

  • checks tyres, brakes, lights, oil, water and fuel levels and general condition of the vehicle;
  • drives vehicle from depot to loading/unloading point;
  • agrees delivery schedule and route with transport management;
  • assists with loading/unloading and ensures that load is evenly distributed and safely secured;
  • drives vehicle to destination in accordance with schedule;
  • maintains records of journey times, mileage and hours worked;
  • undertakes minor repairs and notifies supervisor of any mechanical faults.

Common job titles

Deliverer, coal
Hauler, timber
Deliveryman, coal
Carrier, general
Driver, multi-drop, hgv
Driver, transport
Driver, truck (road transport)
Contractor, haulage
Driver, loader
Driver, haulage, motor
Driver, tractor (road transport)
Driver, HGV
Hand, haulage (haulage contractor)
Transporter, cattle
Haulier, general
Haulier, timber
Driver, vehicle, motor
Carrier, nos
Driver, haulage (road transport)
Collector, milk
Carrier (mine: not coal)
Driver, tanker
Driver, library, mobile
Driver, rolley
Operator, transport
Carman (coal merchants)
Contractor (transport)
Driver (local government: cleansing dept)
Shunter, HGV
Transporter, livestock
Driver, rolly
Driver, low-loader
Driver, tipper
Driver, wagon
Truckman (road transport)
Driver, loader, low
Driver, dustcart
Driver, vehicle, articulated
Carrier, coal
Driver, drop, multi, hgv
Driver, scammell
Driver, refuse
Driver, vehicle, goods, large
Driver, delivery, HGV
Roundsman (coal delivery)
Driver, transporter
Man, coal (coal merchants)
Owner-driver (haulage service)
Collector-driver, refuse
Remover, cattle
Carrier, railway
Driver, pump, concrete
Contractor, cartage
Driver, lorry
Driver, removal
Hauler, coal (retail trade)
Driver, LGV
Contractor, disposal, waste
Carrier (transport)
Carter, coal
Driver, goods
Contractor, transport