Billy Thomas HGV Driver Training is a small family run company. It was established in 1992 following a longing from Jackie (Billy’s wife) to do her articulated lorry licence. As a couple they decided to train together with an instructor and in the process found they both had natural driving skills. Following first time passes their instructor commented that Billy had the qualities for a good instructor and so the door was opened.
Billy passed his Advanced Driving Test and attained his RTITB Instructors licence in 1992 and promptly brought his first articulated lorry. At the time, driving laws permitted car drivers to go straight to their class 1s (artics), bypassing the class 2 (rigid) so the training process was very quick compared to today’s requirements. Within a couple of months they took on a rigid lorry shell and converted it themselves into a working horsebox enabling Billy to offer rigid lorry courses.
A small plot of land on an old airfield, provided simple reversing facilities for training students and here Billy & Jackie laid the foundations to the family business. When a student booked with Billy Thomas HGV they became part of the family. Saturday mornings saw the reverse bay queuing with students arriving to compete for the “Best Reverse of the Day” Trophy; it brought about much pleasure & success (not to mention bacon butties).
1997 saw change to the driving industry and Billy & Jackie sort a new lorry to meet new Rigid and Articulated criteria. Theory tests were brought in and driving tests became more lengthy and thorough. The business adapted to the new regulations with Billy retaking the required DSA Instructors Qualification every 4 years.
2009 saw further changes to the driving rules and the CPC was born. Billy & Jackie decided to expand the business and Frances (a previous student of Billy’s) came to join the family team to help accommodate the growing demand for courses.
As the company stands today both Billy and Frances are DSA Registered instructors offering driving and CPC tuition to suit all ages, genders and learning abilities. We specialise in offering personal, one to one training tailored to suit each individual. We have a small fleet consisting of rigids, drawbar (artic), 7.5tonne, car & trailer, all of which we take great pride in making sure they are well maintained and clean. We take even more pride in our students, always aiming to achieve high standards and the desired first time pass.