An HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) medical is a medical examination required for individuals who want to obtain or renew a commercial driver’s license to operate HGV vehicles. The purpose of the HGV medical is to ensure that the driver is physically fit to safely operate the vehicle.
The HGV medical typically includes a review of the driver’s medical history, as well as a physical examination that may include tests such as vision and hearing screenings, blood pressure measurement, and a urine sample analysis. The doctor may also check for any physical conditions that could affect the driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, such as sleep apnea or diabetes.
In addition to the physical examination, the HGV medical may also include a psychological assessment to determine the driver’s mental fitness to operate a vehicle. This may include questions about the driver’s mental health history, substance abuse, and any conditions that could affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle.
The HGV medical is typically required for drivers of HGV vehicles with a gross weight of over 3.5 tons, and it must be completed by a doctor who is registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The medical must be renewed every five years, or more frequently if the driver has a medical condition that could affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle.
How to become a HGV medical
To become a doctor who can perform HGV medicals, you must:
- Complete a medical degree: To become a doctor, you must first complete a medical degree, which typically takes four to six years.
- Obtain licensure: After completing your medical degree, you must pass a licensing exam in order to practice medicine. In the UK, this is the General Medical Council (GMC) licensing exam.
- Gain experience: After obtaining your medical license, you should gain experience in the field of commercial driver’s license medicals. This may involve working in a clinic or hospital that performs HGV medicals, or completing additional training specifically related to HGV medicals.
- Register with the DVSA: To be able to perform HGV medicals, you must be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can do this by completing the appropriate application form and paying the required fee.
It is important to note that the requirements for becoming a doctor who can perform HGV medicals may vary depending on your country of practice. It is always best to check with the relevant regulatory body for specific requirements in your area.