In recent times, it seems as if the entire world has been turned upside down. A sudden and serious health threat forced people to reconsider the way that they live their daily lives and is likely to have long-term repercussions. While there are, without doubt, many hurdles ahead for everyone, there are also opportunities. Prior to the coronavirus, people were more inclined to buy their goods online anyway, and this trend is likely to accelerate sharply going forward. If you are looking for a new job in this environment, then you should consider a position as a light rigid truck driver, as there is sure to be plenty of demand. What's involved?
Local distribution companies and couriers rely on light rigid trucks to move their goods into the community. These companies are sure to be on the lookout for drivers as well as new vehicles, and now is the time to take an appropriate training course and secure the right licence. When you get a light rigid licence, you will be able to drive a truck that has a gross vehicle mass of between 4 ½ and 8 t. Further, you will be able to tow a trailer behind that vehicle if it is suitably equipped, so long as the trailer does not weigh more than 9 t.
Once you have a light rigid (LR) licence, you can not only drive a courier truck but may also qualify to drive community or school minibuses in your region, so this gives you additional scope for future employment.
Passing the Tests
To be eligible, you will need to pass a number of different tests and get a licence upgrade. To begin with, you need to familiarise yourself with the practical knowledge so that you can pass the written test at your local motor registry office. Then, you'll need to make sure that your eyesight is of the approved standard and get hold of a logbook for this category of vehicle.
Most importantly, you will need to enrol in an approved driving school and take part in an LR licence course. You will learn all the practicalities involved in handling a vehicle like this, which will put you in good stead for your future career. All things being well, you will pass the course and get a certificate of competence. You can then work with the motor registry in your area to get that upgraded licence.
First Things First
As demand begins to rise again, you'll want to be ready to take advantage of the opportunity. Keep an eye out for new truck driving jobs, but get in touch with a driving school at the same time to put the ball in motion.