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Motors what is the largest van you can drive on a standard UK license?

Discussion in 'General' started by xen0morph, 26 Dec 2005.

  1. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    got told the other day that you can only drive a 7.5 tonner if you passed your test before 1998, is this true?
     
  2. Lord_A

    Lord_A Boom baby!

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    Yes.
     
  3. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    Not sure of the exact limit but 7.5 tonnes could well be right (I think it's less than that now?). You also need a passenger vehicle licence to drive anything with more than 7 seats (hence why there aren't any 8+ seater people carriers).

    It's probably best to check with the DVLA if you're unsure about driving a particular van.
     
  4. Lord_A

    Lord_A Boom baby!

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    Full info on what you can drive with which license here
     
  5. AJB2K3

    AJB2K3 What's a Dremel?

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    Under the basic car lience you can drive upto 7.5tonne.
    I currently drive a vauxell vivaro.
     
  6. davew

    davew What's a Dremel?

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    http://www.dvla.gov.uk/drivers/vehicle_cat_desc.htm#Cars

    If you passed since 1/1/1997 then you should only have B, B1 and some other small letters for things like mopeds and tractors. So going by that link you can drive up to 3.5 tonne until you are 18 and pass a further test to get C1 enabling you to drive up to 7.5 tonne. To drive over 7.5 tonne you have to be 21 it seems.
     
  7. AJB2K3

    AJB2K3 What's a Dremel?

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    carbonfibre What's a Dremel?

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    If you passed your test in a manual car then you are entitled to drive auto's, if you passed your test in an auto then you are restricted to drive auto's only
     
  9. AJB2K3

    AJB2K3 What's a Dremel?

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    I know that ive been drive a manual for 41/2 years. I was just curios about the letters.
    (had to move to auto due to medical issues.)
     
  10. slater

    slater Mummy Says Im Special

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    So how do i (who passed after 1.1.97) get to drive a 7.5 ton truck then. Some kind of extra driving test?
     
  11. AJB2K3

    AJB2K3 What's a Dremel?

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    Yup ! contact lorry driving schools.
     
  12. carbonfibre

    carbonfibre What's a Dremel?

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    Hi AJB2K3

    Do you mean categories like L & N which don't seem to exist any longer
     
  13. sk8phreak88

    sk8phreak88 Minimodder

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    Wait, you guys acrossed the pond. If you pass it in an auto, you can't drive a stick? Wow, here you pass it in what ever and you can drive pretty much anything (Sept for the bigger trucks and what not of course.
     
  14. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    Yep that's right. Almost all people learn and do their test in a manual over here for that reason. It's usually for medical reasons or suchlike that people do an automatic test (eg. people who CAN'T drive a manual). Our driving tests are also much more stringent than the ones in the US.

    I'd hate to learn in an automatic then have to get used to a clutch afterwards.
     
  15. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    is it not dangerous to let someone lose in a manual car on their own without having a clue how to drive one?

    i was terrified the first time i drove a manual :p
     
  16. AJB2K3

    AJB2K3 What's a Dremel?

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    woman and the mentally retarded e.g 60 % of uk drivers
    I drive an auto to work,
    Manual during work,
    Auto after work.
    Dont tell me thats not confusing !
    Ive had to go auto because of my knee.
    Hay i was brillient and had moved on to stage 2 withing 10 minits (stage 1 was turning, stage 2 was dring with different gears)
    Do you know we now have 3 tests that must be passed?

    who thinks that people who fail 6 times should be banned from driving forever?
     
  17. sk8phreak88

    sk8phreak88 Minimodder

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    Wow, I guess it makes sense though. I took my test in an auto, but my jeep's a stick. I love manuals though. Esp me jeep! All my friends are always, "hey, let me drive"
    "ok"
    The get in and get right back out and I get the "I dont know how to drive a stick :blush: "

    I love it i love it haha. :hehe:

    Heres how I lernt to drive a manny:

    Dad- "get in your driving"
    Me- "but I don't know how!"
    Dad- "just get in!"
    Me- "ok."
    Dad- explains push it in, move the stick let it out" --That's about all he said!
    Me- "ok.'

    So I get goin, I kill the truck the first time "SMACK-- Him smackin my head for screwing up"
    Me- "OOOW"
    Dad- "dont screw up."

    I screwedup 1 more time and killed it.
    Again, I got smacked lol
    Buttt, I guess that was a good learning tool, cause I haven't killed it since then and I drive a stick almost better then him now :D
     
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