Changes for HGV, bus and coach driver tests and licencing

Posted by AndrewT on 20th Mar 2014

Changes introduced to driving test and licence requirements affecting HGV, bus and coach drivers will come into effect on 10 April 2014. The changes from April 10th include:
  • removing the need for 8-forward gear ratios for large test vehicles (category C, C+E)
  • letting people who take a lorry or bus test (category C, C+E and D, D+E) in an automatic vehicle to get a manual entitlement for those vehicles, if they already have a manual entitlement for cars, lorries or buses, with or without trailers (category B, B+E, C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1+E).
For more information see the DVSA notice on To ensure your drivers hold a valid driving licence see SmartLicence.