Driving a skip lorry (or heavy goods vehicle HGV) is a great career for those looking to work in an outdoor environment. You will need to hold a valid drivers licence, Code 3 driving certificate although training can be arranged too.

What licence do you need for a skip lorry?

A skip lorry is classified as a large goods vehicle ( LGV ) and there are several restrictions that may apply to its use. A standard LGV licence allows you to drive a vehicle classed as either a category C or category CE vehicle.

Do skip companies need a licence?

​​You must have a valid skip licence before you can place a skip on the road.

What can I drive with a C1 licence?

The C1 driving licence allows people to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes. Drivers who pass the 7.5 tonne C1 test become entitled to drive C1 rigid vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes with a trailer up to 750kg.

Do you need a license to drive a lorry?

You need to have a C1 Category licence to drive a 7.5-tonne lorry. This hgv licence is not the same as a Category B car licence, however, you might be able to get a C1 licence automatically if you have a normal car licence, depending upon the date that you got your driving licence.

Who is responsible for a skip?

When the skip is outside your house, whether it’s in your back garden, on your drive or on the road, the skip and the waste is your responsibility.

How long can I keep a skip on my drive?

Some companies lease their skips for up to seven days. If you make prior arrangements, you can keep it on your drive for a more extended period, usually up to 14 days.

How much does a C1 licence cost?

All C1 training is charged at £55/hr, DVSA Test Fee is £115 (£141 out of hours). This means that your C1 training and test could cost as little as £555 including test fee! Some training companies will try and talk your in to taking Category C Training as that is the only type vehicle that they have.

What is the biggest vehicle you can drive on a car licence?

One crucial thing you need to be aware of is a van’s Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM). This is the maximum weight of any vehicle you can drive if you have a ‘B’ licence, and it must be no more than 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes).

What is the largest vehicle you can drive on a car licence?

If you passed your test on or after 1 January 1997: You can drive vehicles with up to 3,500kg MAM and up to 8 passenger seats – with a trailer that weighs up to 750kg. You’re allowed to tow heavier trailers, as long as the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.

What can you do if someone fills your skip?

If you suspect that someone has dumped rubbish in your skip it should be reported to your local authority.

Can a skip be lifted over a wall?

Yes the skip lorry can lift the skip over walls, fences or hedges however this depends on the specification of the vehicle. Usual height is 2-3ft please let us know height of wall prior to delivery.

What can you not put in a skip?

You cannot put hazardous or harmful items into a skip. These include but are not limited to TVs, computer monitors, asbestos, tyres, fluorescent tubes, fridges, paint and paint tins (unless empty), plasterboard, batteries, medical waste, gas cylinders, liquids, solvents, oil, petrol, diesel and explosives.

How long does it take to get a C1 licence?

Once you’ve passed your practical test, you’ll receive your full C1 driving licence within 10-15 days. After this, you can only apply for a provisional trailer (+E) licence. If you wish to drive a 7.5-tonne lorry professionally, then you’ll have to complete a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training too.

How long does a C1 licence last?

Category C1 and C1E are known as grandfather rights and as mentioned above must be renewed at the age of 70 and every 3 years after this.

What’s the difference between C and C1 licence?

‘C1 and ‘C’ licences If the vehicle has a MAM between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes then a category ‘C1’ LGV driving licence is needed, however, if the (MAM) is more than 7.5 tonnes then a category ‘C’ LGV driving licence is needed.

Can I drive a 3.5 tonne on a car licence?

If you have a full driving licence you can drive any van up to 3.5 tonnes. If you want to drive anything bigger such as 7.5 tonnes vans, you may need to take an extra test if you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997.

What bike can I ride with a full car licence?

If you have a full car licence, you can ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc but you have to take your Compulsory Basic Training first. This is a day-long course that starts in a car park and ends up with you out on the road on a motorcycle or scooter.

Can I drive a motorhome with a car license?

Here is the simple answer: You don’t need a special license to drive most motorhomes. If you’re driving any vehicle under 26,000 pounds — and most RV classes are — you are clear to drive with a regular operator’s driver’s license according to current DMV laws in all 50 states.

How much room does a skip lorry need?

We usually need a minimum 3m clearance width for the lorry to access. We can however put the skip down in a smaller space as the lifting mechanisms give us the ability to squeeze the skip into slighter spaces.

Can I put clothes in a skip?

However, there are rules and regulations about what can be thrown into a skip. Suitable items you CAN put in your skip include household items such as wood, tiles, plaster, furniture, paper and cardboard, garden waste and clothes. Heavy materials such as bricks, concrete, metals, pottery and clay, rubble and stones.

How long can you leave a skip outside your house?

A skip permit typically lasts one or two weeks, but like many other factors, this depends on the council. Most councils will allow the initial period to be extended; however, there will be an additional fee to extend. If you keep a skip for longer than the agreed permit duration, you may face a fine.