C1 Licence for Ambulance Driver

Being an ambulance driver is a noble career, and the job has never been more in demand than it is today. Both NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers require dedicated and qualified ambulance drivers to get their patients to and from hospitals, clinics, and other medical centres in a safe and timely manner. The job is crucial, even more so if you plan on becoming a paramedic or an ambulance technician. Whatever role you choose to take up, you will literally be saving lives, and who can ask for more than that?

In this article, we are going to discuss the legal requirements for anyone who wishes to become an ambulance driver, specifically the type of driver’s licence you will need to be eligible for the role.

How Much Do Ambulance Drivers Earn?

While most people become ambulance drivers to help people, they also need to make a living. Annual salaries for ambulance drivers vary depending on where you are in the country and whether you work for the NHS or a private company. The average starting pay for an Ambulance Care Driver (Patient Transport Services) in the UK is around £18000 to £21000, while the starting pay for a fully trained and qualified paramedic is upwards of £25000. It should be noted that many ambulance drivers work unsociable hours, which often include a shift allowance, and that many also work overtime, boosting their pay even more.

Get Your C1 Ambulance Drivers Licence

The main requirement for an ambulance driver is the attainment of a commercial C1 driving licence. This qualifies you to drive vehicles from 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes in weight, a category that includes most ambulances on UK roads.

What Do I Need for My C1 Licence?

To acquire your C1 licence, you need to be over 18 years of age and have a driving licence for a regular car (a class B vehicle). If you qualified for your driver’s licence prior to January 1997, you will already have a C1 entitlement as part of your acquired rights. This means you will not need to take any further tests, though you may wish to undergo a training course anyway to familiarise yourself with driving a heavier vehicle.

The process of obtaining your C1 licence falls into four parts:

1. LGV Medical Assessment

You need to demonstrate you are fit to drive a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) by having a doctor complete a D4 medical form on your behalf.

2. Apply for Provisional C1 Entitlement

You will need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to have a provisional C1 vehicle entitlement added to your existing driver’s licence. This involves sending your current licence, your completed D4 medical form, and a D2 application form to the DVSA.

3. Theory Tests

Like the standard driving test, you are expected to complete two theory tests to obtain your C1 licence: a hazard perception test (with a pass mark of 67%) and a 100-question multiple-choice test (with a pass mark of 85%).

4. Practical Training and Examination

You will need to undergo practical training with an experienced instructor to be able to demonstrate that you can safely handle a C1 vehicle on the road. Once you are ready, you must take and pass a practical test with a qualified examiner. The test is around an hour in length, and once you are successful, you can send your licence to the DVSA who will update it to show your full C1 entitlement.

Pass Your C1 Licence With GJM School of Motoring

Getting your C1 licence is a complicated process, but the rewards make it well worth the effort. Here at GJM School of Motoring, we offer our learners our full support, letting you benefit from our extensive experience. We help you fill in the relevant paperwork, help you revise for your theory tests, and, of course, give you first-class practical instruction in driving a C1 vehicle. We can even put you in touch with trusted companies that can offer you further training to help you obtain your dream job as a full-time ambulance driver or technician.

Get In Touch

If you’re ready to become an ambulance driver, take the first step today and get in touch with GJM School of Motoring. Fill out the contact form below, give the team a call on 01942 466 309, or drop us an email at info@gjmsom.co.uk to have someone call you back.

Alternatively, if you’ve already made your decision, book our 12-hour Paramedic Pack online.