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What’s the difference between LGV or HGV drivers’ medicals?

What’s the difference between LGV or HGV drivers’ medicals?

When training to become an LGV or HGV driver, it soon becomes clear that there are a number of forms that need to be filled in.

The D2 is perhaps the most important of these – it is the licence application form you need to complete to get your provisional LGV or HGV licence. However arguably, the D4 form is just as important as it proves you are (literally) fit for the job.

Here’s a rundown of the key elements you need to know about the D4 form and the accompanying driver’s medical.

D4 is a medical application form that must be enclosed alongside your D2 form when you send it to the DVLA. The D4 form needs to be completed by a doctor as part of a medical examination and will be proof that you’re healthy enough to get behind the wheel of an artic lorry or similar.

As for any difference between LGV or HGV medicals, the answer is that there is none. It’s exactly the same process if you are applying to drive a lorry, truck, bus or any other type of large vehicle. 

It is recommended that you tick both the C and D category boxes on the D2 form so that you have both entitlements on your licence. This will prove useful if you’re planning to move from a rigid lorry to an articulated lorry or a bus at any point in the future.

So, what can you expect at an  LGV or HGV driver’s medical? First up, you will need to take certain items with you: driving licence; glasses worn for driving (if you wear contact lenses do not wear them as they will need to be removed for the eye test); D4 medical form; list of any current medication; and details of any treatments you’re currently undergoing.

The actual medical will consist of an interview, during which the doctor will ask you about any medical conditions and your medical history (such as diabetes, heart conditions, mental health, neurological conditions, and more).

Then it’s onto the physical examination. Understandably, this the part people feel most anxious about, but there is nothing to worry about. The doctor will simply check your blood pressure, urine, eyesight, weight, height and general health.

The medical should take no more than 30 minutes and it is really important that you are truthful about your health. If it is proved that you lied to get your LGV or HGV licence at a later date, there could be serious consequences – potentially being disqualified from driving. After all, a medical is there to ensure both your own safety and the safety of other road users is not put at risk.

Interested in getting your LGV or HGV provisional licence? Apply online via the DVLA.

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