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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:00   #1
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What size of van can you drive on a normal car licence?

Moving house soon and i will need to hire a van for the day for moving, now i just wondered what ype and size can you drive on a normal car licence? Do some of the bigger ones require a certain extra code on your licence?
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:01   #2
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Normal car licence is 7.5 tonne.

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:03   #3
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Normal car licence is 7.5 tonne.

What kind of van does that get me then? I havent a clue what 7.5 tonne equals in the van world
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:05   #4
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What kind of van does that get me then? I havent a clue what 7.5 tonne equals in the van world
The big big Transit.

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:08   #5
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Something like a small box body ie.

http://www.lanternrentalservices.co....20TONNE%20VANS

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:09   #6
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Depends on your age and when you passed..

If your under 18, then you can drive up 3.5t, if you passed your test before 2001, you're automatically able to drive a 7.5t Van..

List is here http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...ons/DG_4022547


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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:11   #7
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Was Reading up on this last night.

If you have category B, you can drive anything up to 3500Kg (Merc Sprinter is in that limit). You can also tow a trailer up to 750Kg so long as the combination is under 3500Kg. There is an exception for towing cars on a rope.

If you have B+E you can drive anything up to 3500Kg plus any trailer.

If you have C1 you can drive anything up to 7500Kg, plus a trailer up to 750Kg as long as the combination is under 7500Kg.

C1+E is anything up to 7500Kg and any trailer.

C and C+E is anthing you want.

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:14   #8
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If moving house, a 7.5 tonne box body with tail lift will be fine. As long as you are old enough to drive it !!!

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:18   #9
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When I moved house a couple of months ago we got a long wheel base high sided transit which is under 3.5 tons there was plenty of space in this. Yours for the day for 65 from Hertz which I thought was pretty cheap, it was also surprising quick empty. A luton which has a tail left looked like it had the same space available as the big transit but I couldn't get one as they were all booked.
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:19   #10
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I have B and B1 on my licence, as for the question above im over 18 (28) but didnt pass before 2001 so that means i can get a merc sprinter which seems quite big.
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:19   #11
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The big big Transit.
A tad bigger!

http://www.whittalwilliams.co.uk/images/jpg/iveco.jpg
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:21   #12
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hehe dont need anything that big i wouldnt feel comfortable driving it, i think a LWB transit should suffice, the 65 from Hertz seems a good deal.
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:23   #13
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Exactly... As i said before a Box Body (7.5 tonne).

But make sure you get a Tail Lift if you hire one of these !!!

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:30   #14
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I have B and B1 on my licence, as for the question above im over 18 (28) but didnt pass before 2001 so that means i can get a merc sprinter which seems quite big.
Ignore B1, that's 3 wheelers.

B will let you drive a car with a maximum allowable mass of 3500Kg (Merc Sprinter), so long as you don't overload it.


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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:49   #15
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Thought it might be interesting to post my licence catergories, I passed my test way back in 91 so mine may be different to more recent test passes.

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 18:55   #16
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Thought it might be interesting to post my licence catergories, I passed my test way back in 91 so mine may be different to more recent test passes.
lucky ***

looking at mine, i got B,B1 and fkp.....

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 19:01   #17
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Thanks lads know where i stand now, tbh a big transit will likely do as i dont have a huge amount to move, the king size matress likely being the largest item. Baffled why people who passed before a certain time can drive what looks like every vehicle bar a 747 jumbo and others are restricted to fiat panda's but doesnt really suprise me
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 19:04   #18
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Iv'e got a full licence:
A1
A+
B1
B
C,C1.
D1, D.
B+E
C1+E
C+E
CE
D1=E
D+E

As well as a full 9 cat ADR Licence.... and no points.

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 19:04   #19
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B and B1, Soon to include Cat D for busses


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Old 21st Jul 2007, 19:22   #20
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lucky ***

looking at mine, i got B,B1 and fkp.....
Lucky indeed!

I passed my test back in April '97, unfortunately I missed out on 7.5 ton automatically added to my licence. My birthday is in September and I didn't really get round to having 3 proper lessons (driven plenty with my dad beforehand) and the test till April (and that was only because I got a cancellation!). I think if i'd passed my test on my 17th birthday i'd still have missed out on it as I think they changed the law a few weeks before.

All I have on my paper licence (haven't got a photographic one) is B1, B, F, K, L, N, and P. Seems to drive a 7.5 ton legally i'll have to take a test for one.

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Old 21st Jul 2007, 19:24   #21
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Thanks lads know where i stand now, tbh a big transit will likely do as i dont have a huge amount to move, the king size matress likely being the largest item. Baffled why people who passed before a certain time can drive what looks like every vehicle bar a 747 jumbo and others are restricted to fiat panda's but doesnt really suprise me
Good way of earning more revenue. Also, I can understand it to a certain extent as some people who drive cars should never be let in a 7.5 ton let alone a van but it is a bit silly to all of a sudden change the law like that!

Edit: Prime example: I remember a year ago or so at work we had to repair the fibreglass roof on a box bodied LDV where someone had forgotten the height and smashed a hole in it under a low bridge or something.

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I know someone who used to be in the RAF Regiment.

He has every catagory including bikes and tracked vehicles.


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The big big Transit.
No thats 3.5ton

7.5 tonners are baby trucks, and, look like them.


Took the above image at a members meet in Brum last year, mine the one with lots of categorys.

C1 is the 7.5 ton category, not available on a car licence if you passed your test after 01/97 iirc.

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I know someone who used to be in the RAF Regiment.

He has every catagory including bikes and tracked vehicles.


LOL....Thats where i got my Licences from...

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No thats 3.5ton

7.5 tonners are baby trucks, and, look like them.


Took the above image at a members meet in Brum last year, mine the one with lots of categorys.

C1 is the 7.5 ton category, not available on a car licence if you passed your test after 01/97 iirc.
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Done for failing to give details twice!!!!
Yeah, failure to identify driver, nice!
Feel free to fill us in in on the details if you wish, fined 440
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Old 21st Jul 2007, 20:28   #27
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What size of van can you drive on a normal car licence?
Too big, judging by the std of driving on our motoways, 7.5 tonners are the worst on the motorway, they sit and hog the outside lane, same as the van pick up drivers, i think they forget they are driving a 'HGV' and must think they are still driving their car
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ROFL..... Most professional/C+E Drivers are very good drivers, it's the general public - who don't understand HGV's that moan...

Yes you are right about "yorkie" truckers. But then you have to reside yourself to the fact that most normally drive cars, and as you say think they own the road...

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ROFL..... Most professional/C+E Drivers are very good drivers, it's the general public - who don't understand HGV's that moan...

Yes you are right about "yorkie" truckers. But then you have to reside yourself to the fact that most normally drive cars, and as you say think they own the road...
I have alot of time for most commercial drivers, white van man (the sprinter and new trannies dudes on the whole), HGV (ie those who drive proper lorries) drivers are excellent on the whole they get the job done.Alot of the time HGV's have to pull out to overtake numpty car drivers in the inside lane doing 40mph.

Its just those pick-up,LGV's i suppose and the 7.5 tonners that i come across that are complete *******. I pass so many on the inside lane doing the speed limit its scary, they then get [COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR][COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR][COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR][COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR]y with you,flash you and swear at you etc, why they just sit there i dont know.
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Agreed. Most drivers [COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR][COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR][COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR][COLOR="Yellow"]*[/COLOR] HGV Drivers off, but until you have driven one you won't know ie, to overtake on Motorway you may have to change down several gears - just to see the idiot in the inside lane accelerate. Or people flashing and peeping horns at turns and roundabouts, because they don't understand that a 42' truck can't turn like a car and think that the driver is intimidating them by encroaching into their lane...

Glad to see someone understands....

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