LGV & PCV Driver Training in the Bristol area...


C+E (Articulated and Draw-bar vehicles) Training

Somax are able to offer category C+E training courses for draw-bar trailer and articulated vehicles.

If you have completed a category C course with us then we would recommend that you complete the C+E test with our draw-bar combination as this is less time and therefore cost. Once you have passed we can then arrange for articulated driving without the pressure of the driving test.

As you have already passed the category C licence you will not have to take the DSA theory tests or the CPC tests.

Our courses are delivered in the Bristol, Yeovil or Taunton test centres with fully qualified DSA instructors.  You will require a provisional Cat C driving licence and pass the DSA theory tests before a practical training course and test can be conducted.  The link below has a ‘Next Step Guide’ which will guide you through the process of the DVLA application; we are then able to help you with your DSA theory test bookings.

The driving test will be approximately 60 minutes and will consist of the following:

  • The ability to carry out safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
  • The reversing exercise
  • The drive
  • Uncoupling and recoupling

In order to determine the length of practical training course required, we would recommend that you take advantage our driving assessment.  This is a 1 hour assessment after which we will advise you on what needs to be achieved and therefore how many training sessions you require.

I our experience drivers will undertake courses between 2-5 sessions depending on your experience.

If you drive for a living you may also require the Driver CPC in addition to the vocational entitlement.


C1 - Medium sized vehicle (usually a van, between 3,500 and 7,500kg)


C - Large vehicles (over 3,500kg with a trailer up to 750kg)


CE - Large, category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg