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If you are tired of working in an office and having your boss or manager hanging around all the time, you might consider becoming a truck driver for a change. Sitting behind the wheel is not as easy though as many think.

Disadvantages of the job
First and foremost you have to meet schedules and appointment times. Truck drivers also have to know how to deal with equipment problems, bear with bad weather conditions, road constructions and accident holdups. You have to be ready for being away from home for weeks as well.

But if you could get right down to it, there is certain freedom in the work. One gets to go and see places one otherwise wouldn’t see. Many enjoy just the driving and the earnings are not bad either.

Driver’s licence
Drivers who passed a Category B (car) test before 1 January 1997, will have received Categories C1 and C1+E (Restriction Code 107: not more than 8,250 kilograms (18,188 lb)) through the Implied Rights issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Working hours
In the European Union driving hours are regulated by EU regulation (EC) No 561/2006 from year 2007 which forbids e.g. non-stop driving for more than 4.5 hours (which means that every 4.5 hours of driving the driver must take a break period of at least 45 minutes). The daily driving limit is 9 hours. However, an extension to at most 10 hours (but not more than twice during the week) is also possible. The weekly driving time may not exceed 56 hours.

Medical condition
Of course any medical condition which could affect your driving is dangerous not only for you but also for other traffic participants. Therefore applying for your licence, you will be asked if you suffer from e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, or any heart diseases. It is also essential that your eye sight is of a sufficient standard, with corrective lenses if necessary. If you have any health problems it is for the DVLA doctors to decide if, with the correct treatment, you are safe behind the wheel.

Salaries are typically between £11,000 and £22,000 depending upon the kind of work.

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