Car or Hgv license

Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by filbs123, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. filbs123

    filbs123 Deleted User

    Hi...were brand new here,and looking around to buy a used Amereican RV,would someone kindly explain how long/heavy the RV has to be before a Hgv licence is required..
    thanks ..and a great forum...Allan
     
  2. Bryan

    Bryan Read Only Funster

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    Hi Allan,

    Really simple...Size does not matter where HGV is concerned, just weight.

    If it's GVWR is 7.5 tonnes or more, HGV needed - Under 7.5 tonnes, it isn't.

    HTH

    Bryan
     
  3. david price

    david price Read Only Funster

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    Hi,welcome to fun.
    Firstly when did you pass your test?New type licence is 3,.5 tonne,old pink?green licence is upto 7.5 tonne.I think if it was before 1997 then upto 7.5t,but i am sure someone will be along shortly to clarify.
    Dave
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    hi Allen and welcome to the fun.

    depends on your licence but

    if you passed your car test before '97 then you are entitled to drive upto 7.5ton + a 750kg trailer on your 'C1'(car) licence or any trailer if you have 'C1+E' entitlement

    if passed after '97 then its only 3.5ton.

    to drive anything over 7.5ton whether test passed before or after '97 you must take a 'C' class test.

    'C+E' entitlement will allow you to tow a trailer as well.
     
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  5. filbs123

    filbs123 Deleted User

    Hi everyone.and thanks for the quick reply I am 52 years old and past my driving test when I was 18.......a distant memory now,so if I understand it correctly I am entitled to drive upto 7.5 ton...thanks gain..Allan
     
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    Imagine how I feel I'm 56 this year..but the strange thing is I remember the exact day I passed me test 12/July 1971 I only remember cos it was me dads birthday!! He was 41 that day!!
     
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    :thumb: yep......go for it !!!!!!!
     
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    further complicated by your licence limitations, Driving licence before 1997 you can drive up to 7.5 ton, after that you are limited to 3.5 ton

    Further complicated if prior to 1997 and the vehicle concerned is a coach conversion then some do say you can drive up to 20 ton, on the D1 portion of your licence, oh how complicated.
     
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  9. staging lady

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    On the same topic of licence permission, we're looking to change the MHome and saw one at Stratford.

    On the details it says 3.8tGVW ( 3.5 possible if required). What does that mean? We have to take all the stuff out and travel with empty tanks? We can't take the toys,cat or daughters? :cry:

    We passed our tests in the 1960's so should be all right. Do I remember that we have to move to a smaller van when we reach 70?:Eeek:
    Lucille
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    its based on a standard 3.5t van and then uprated to 3.8t. usually by fitting air suspension.
    it says can be 3.5t if needed 'cos thats what it is to start with.....supplied with its normal suspension.

    at age 70 your licence reverts to a max 3.5t unless you can pass the advanced medical i beleive.

    yopu can have a 3.8t downplated to 3.5t for the cost of the paperwork.....just means you cant carry as much weight even though its still capable of it.
     
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    It was in all probability registered as a 3.5 when built as are most Euro vans
    Then upgraded to 3.8 as it had little or no payload as per most euro vans so what their saying is if your licence wont allow you to drive it you can down rate it to 3.5 and just get charged with being over weight as per most euro vans
    Just for fairness quite a few RVs too:RollEyes:
    in other words nothing strange in any of those statements by the dealer
    Yes you may need an annual medical to continue driving at 3.8 later on:thumb:
    But then you just down rate it and leave the old man at home:Eek!:
    Geo
     
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    better to be over 3.5 should be cheaper road tax.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  13. staging lady

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    Thanks guys it makes sense now.
    Can't leave the old man at home as he's the one who makes props to shore up collapsing beds. So guess the cat can't come.:cry:
    Geo, Dave says to tell you the 3" x 2" worked a treat and we got home safe to find that on our mountain someone had gone over the edge in his land rover and taken out the pphone and electric lines to the whole of a nearby village and half of Llangollen.
    What an exciting weekend !

    Lucille
     
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    I bet he woud swop his experiance for your broken bed
    Its about time you came clean,
    Just what were you two up to:Eeek::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    We'd taken the Encyclopedia Brittanica with us for a little light bedside reading and we'd got up to the section Se.
    But the 32 volumes were obviously a little too much....:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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