HGV Classes Explained
HGV classes are the different types of licenses needed to drive a heavy goods vehicle. There are a number of different classes of licence dependent on the type of vehicle you are wishing to drive. HGV’s and LGV’s are classified into different categories dependent on a number of elements, including height, weight and usage, each relating to a class licence. It is essential that if you are driving a HGV or LGV that you have the correct licence required to drive it. Below is a guide on the different types of HGV classes.
Also known as category C + E, a class 1 licence allows you to drive a vehicle that is 7.5 tonnes or more and has a trailer that detaches. These type of vehicles are generally larger in size and often used for long haul routes.
Class 2 / Cat C
Class 2 or category C licences, are required for vehicles which are over 7.5 tonnes that have a rigid body base and if the cab does not separate from the trailer, such as fire engines or refuse collection vehicles. These types of trailers are usually used around towns and cities rather than long haul.
A cat C1 licence is required if your vehicle is over 3.5 tonnes but below 7.5 tonnes. You will automatically gain this type of licence if you passed your driving licence before 1997. Anyone who passed after this time will need to undergo another test.
Cat C1 + E
A Cat C1 + E licence is needed is similar to the Cat C1 but allows you to also tow a trailer behind the vehicle too.
Cat B + E
Cat B + E is a licence that allows you to tow an item behind a regular car. If you passed your driving test before 1997 will automatically gain this licence. If you passed after 1997, you will need to undergo another test to gain this.
The Cat D licence allows you to drive a bus, coach or a vehicle of any size designed to carry passengers.
The Cat D1 licence enables you to drive a minibus with up to 16 seats. Again, if you passed your driving test before 1997 you are already qualified for this licence.
There are also other qualifications you can gain additional to your class licence. This includes the following.
Lorry Loader / Hiab
Lorry loader or Hiab training allows you to operate a lorry loader. This is a piece of machinery that utilises hydraulic attachments that deposit items onto the long bed at the rear of the trailer. This type of training enables you to properly operate attachments such as lorry loaders and truck mounted cranes.
A forklift qualification allows you to learn how to operate a counterbalance forklift and a reach forklift. This will enable you to load and unload goods onto trailers and trucks efficiently.
ADR or Accord Dangeroux Routier is a qualification for those transporting dangerous goods, This is usually required for those driving fuel tankers or drivers carrying flammable liquids or corrosives. It teaches drivers the hazards that come with transporting dangerous goods.
Transport Manager CPC
The transport manager CPC training course is a qualification that allows drivers to gain knowledge and skills on running a transport operation and teaches drivers how to become effective managers.
There is also training available for those needing to operate plant machinery. This includes a number of equipment types, including, excavators, diggers, dumpers, tractor loaders and bulldozers.
It’s important that you have gained the right qualification and licence to enable you to drive your HGV or LGV. Make sure you also purchase the correct parts and spares for your vehicle too, to ensure safe and secure haulage and cargo transportation. For more info on choosing the right trailer parts, including ratchet straps, commercial body fittings and tail lift parts, simply get in touch and one of our team members will he happy to help.
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How To Tie Down A Kayak
When transporting a kayak on the roof of your car, you need to make sure you’ve secured it properly - otherwise, you run the risk of damage to your vehicle or your kayak coming loose during the trip. At Nationwide Trailer Parts, we’re here to show you how to properly tie down your kayak. Once you’ve practised a few times, you’re ready to hit the road and the water!
Step One: Prepare your roof rack by placing padding blocks on the top of the roof rack bars or padding that wraps around the bars themselves. This will ensure that the kayak doesn’t damage your car roof during the drive.
Step Two: Secure the kayak with cam buckle straps. By using straps that are designed specifically for tying down kayaks, you’re ensuring that your journey is easier and safer! The cam buckle straps will allow you to tighten the kayak to the roof rack without risking over-tightening and damage to the kayak.
Step Three: Now it’s time to secure the bow and stern of the kayak to your car. Use bow and stern lines with a cam buckle or ratchet strap attached to ensure that your kayak cannot lift or detach itself from your car. The cam buckle can be easily tightened to keep the bow and stern lines in place.
Step Four: Lift the kayak onto the roof rack, ensuring that it is right side up. This is often a two-person job so take care when lifting! The bow of the kayak should be at the front of the car and the stern at the back.
Step Five: Adjust the kayak so that it is in the middle of the two roof rack bars. Once it is in the middle, centre the kayak between the two sides of the car to avoid unequal weight distribution.
Step Six: Take one of the cam buckle straps and using the bare end, run it over the kayak and loop under the roof rack bar. Leave the strap with the cam buckle attached hanging on the other side of the car and once the end of the strap has been looped under the roof rack bar, pull the slack at the end up into your hand.
Step Seven: throw the end of the strap without the cam buckle across the kayak to the other side of the car. Walk around an take the strap end, looping it under the same roof rack bar. Make sure you are using the same roof rack bar, on the opposite side of the kayak. Loop this the same way as you did the other side of the car.
Step Eight: Take the bare end of the strap and run through the cam buckle, closing the strap and securing the kayak to the roof rack bar. Place the bare end of the strap through the slot in the cam buckle and pull the strap through until all of the slack has gone.
Step Nine: Secure the kayak by tightening the strap with the cam buckle. To do this, pull on the bare end of the strap so that more slack comes through the cam buckle. The kayak should be tight enough so that the kayak does not shift but not so tight that the kayak gets damaged.
Step Ten: Complete the same process with the strap on the other side and ensure that the kayak is secure. To further prevent damage, wrap the strap ends around the roof rack bars to ensure they do not get caught during your journey.
Finally, ensure that all of your straps are secure and you’re ready to drive. Some of these steps may take a few tries to get perfect, but it’s always best to take your time and get it right! Take a look at our full range of load restraint products or contact a member of the Nationwide Trailer Parts team for advice and guidance.
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CV Show 2019 Review
The 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC was another huge success and it was great to meet and talk to many existing and potentially new customers, so thanks to those that came along.
This year's show had our biggest stand yet with Haco Tail Lift Parts, considerably bigger than past years, and it generated a lot of interest and allowed us to showcase even more products.
It was also the launch of Issue 2 of our latest product catalogue containing 1,500 products across our ranges of Tail Lift, Shutter Door, Load Restraint, Curtain Side and Commercial Body parts.
If you didn't get chance to make it to the Show or to our stand we're always available all year round for a chat or meeting about your tail lift, shutter door, curtain side or load restraint parts requirements. Give us a call or drop us an email.
You can also request a free copy of our NEW Issue 2 Product Catalogue here.