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What size of van can you drive on a normal car licence?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by schnipps, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. schnipps

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 5,366

    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?
     
  2. Ak!ta

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 10, 2006

    Posts: 1,331

    Normal car licence is 7.5 tonne.
     
  3. schnipps

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 5,366


    What kind of van does that get me then? I havent a clue what 7.5 tonne equals in the van world :)
     
  4. PMKeates

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 16, 2004

    Posts: 13,964

    The big big Transit.
     
  5. Ak!ta

    Wise Guy

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  6. West

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Rugeley, Staffs

  7. BigglesPiP

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 8, 2006

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    Location: Chandlers Ford

    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.

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/WhatCanYouDriveAndYourObligations/DG_4022547
     
  8. Ak!ta

    Wise Guy

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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 !!!
     
  9. Dangerous Dave

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 10, 2006

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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.
     
  10. schnipps

    Soldato

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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.
     
  11. Liverpool-Lad

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Liverpool - UK.

  12. schnipps

    Soldato

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  13. Ak!ta

    Wise Guy

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  14. BigglesPiP

    Capodecina

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    Location: Chandlers Ford

    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. ;) ;)
     
  15. chipperhead

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 7, 2004

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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.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

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    Location: Oxon

    lucky *** ;)

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

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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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 :)
     
  18. Ak!ta

    Wise Guy

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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. :p
     
  19. West

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 22, 2004

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    Location: Rugeley, Staffs

    B and B1, Soon to include Cat D for busses :D
     
  20. tb2000

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2003

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    Location: West Country, England

    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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