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A teenager has become the UK’s youngest HGV driver – aged just 18

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2 個月前
<p>A teenager has become the UK’s youngest HGV driver – aged just 18.</p><p>Robbie Smith is behind the wheel of a lorry just two months after his 18th birthday and said he has had some funny looks from people when he’s out driving.</p><p>He passed his test last Friday after only two days of training because the vehicle he was learning in was off the road for an MOT.</p><p>The teen said he couldn’t believe it when the examiner told him he was the youngest HGV driver in the UK. </p><p>Robbie, from Edinburgh, said he has always been interested in lorries and is delighted to be following in the footsteps of his dad Duncan Smith, 41, who is also a HGV driver.</p><p>He left school at 15 and joined the family business Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd in Edinburgh, which his dad has owned for four years.</p><p>Robbie started off cleaning up in the yard but progressed through the business – and was at work in the morning before most of the drivers checking over the lorries.</p><p>He said he hopes to one day be able to drive lorries across Europe.</p><p>Robbie said: “My dad is a lorry driver and I have always been interested in it.</p><p>“I left school when I was 15 and I knew I would be guaranteed a job with my dad.</p><p>“He has had the business for about four years now.</p><p>“Since I left school I have been involved with lorry’s following all the different drivers tips and advice.</p><p>“I did the training in two days because the vehicle was in for an MOT so we only had those two days, but normally it takes five.</p><p>“I didn’t think I would be the youngest person in the UK until the examiner told me.</p><p>“I was really shocked.</p><p>“I have had a couple of funny looks since I have been out from people probably thinking how young I look.</p><p>“But everyone at work has been great and really supportive with advice and encouragement.</p><p>“I am hoping one day I can sit my class C+E so I can drive around Europe in the future. </p><p>“Although I’ve passed I’ll still be learning everyday."</p><p>Proud dad-of-three Duncan said Robbie has always had a passion for driving and is thrilled his son has passed the HGV test.</p><p>He said the instructor told him Robbie, who passed his driving test aged 17, was a natural.</p><p>Duncan said: “I am extremely proud.</p><p>“I didn’t expect him to be the youngest HGV driver in the UK.</p><p>“Since leaving school he has been learning about the business, but it was fantastic to see him take the step to becoming a fully fledge driver.</p><p>“He started off just clearing the yard, going out on the trucks with other drivers to be the loader and then he started doing wee repairs like headlights.</p><p>“He would be in before everyone else in the morning.</p><p>“For me to be able to work with my son and hopefully pass it all on to him one day is great.</p><p>“At his theory test the invigilators had to keep asking to see his license again.</p><p>“He loves driving and has always had a passion for it.</p><p>“He only had two days of training so I wasn’t sure he was going to be ready for the test.</p><p>“But the instructor said he was a natural, he only got six minors out of 15.”</p>
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