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18-year-old ready to become Britain's youngest lorry driver

By: Deborah Bates
24 January 2011

An 18-year-old from Woodmansey in Hull is working to become Britain's youngest lorry driver, after passing his HGV test just five days after his birthday.

Mark Hostick is now hoping to upgrade his category C licence (HGV) to one that allows him to drive articulated lorries, allowing him to continue working for his family's driving school, Welwyn LGV.

Speaking to This is Hull and East Riding, Hostick said: "I have been brought up around vehicles and I really enjoy driving them. I have been driving lorries around the yard for quite a few years so I have some experience."

"After passing my test, it will be three years before I can become an instructor, which is what I want to do. I am a step closer now."

Although Hostick dreams of becoming an expert in driver training, once he holds a full licence, he will have a myriad career options - such as investing in one of many business franchise opportunities available in the industry, or working for a logistics consultancy. His former instructor, Duncan Garwell, has faith that Hostick's ability will see him through whichever path he chooses.

"Mark did really well. He had the pressure of knowing his family own a driving school and when I first took him out on the road, he surprised me by how nervous he was," said Garwell, adding: "Driving a lorry is very different to driving cars around and I think it woke him up and did him a lot of good. We're fairly certain he's the youngest heavy goods driver in the country."

It is thought Hostick will steal the title away from 19-year-old Rachel Hutchinson, who spoke to The Mirror back in December about being the UK's youngest HGV driver.

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