- Sep 25, 2007
- Funster No
Okay you big home owners - where did you go for learning to drive to pass the class C licence?
Hi Papa.Okay you big home owners - where did you go for learning to drive to pass the class C licence?
Eat your hearts out as I only paid £120 for my class 1 (C + E).:thumb:Taunton Training Centre - five day course £1000
Super Course - run by a chap who is building his own American Eagle 40ft RV. He knows his business!
Hi Dick whats 8 gears got to do with being classed as an HGV? The HGV I took my test in in 05 only had 6. The test now requires it to have 8, but that's only a test requirement not I would have thought an essential to being classed as an HGV.The only fly-in-the-ointment now appears to be that the old HGV Class 2 or 1 (the C + E) may not be necessary in order to drive an RV, no matter what length or weight!
According to Jane from Destination RV and the RVDA - the DVLA have finally accepted that an RV is not an heavy goods vehicle because it does not have the statutory 'more than 8 forward gears', is not subject to Tachograph laws, is not subject to drivers driving restrictions and IS subject to a CAR MOT!
"There are special licensing arrangements allowing you to drive larger vehicles without having to hold the higher large goods vehicle (LGV) driving licence entitlement. When driving larger vehicles, (without having to hold the higher LGV licence) the maximum authorised mass (total weight of the vehicle plus the maximum load it can carry) determines the driving licence entitlement needed."
Now note especially the words "goods vehicle" then note the following statement
"DVLA cannot give legal advice on how vehicles are classified but, generally speaking it depends on the weight of the vehicle or the number of passengers it can carry."
What they fail to mention is that the people who do decide vehicle classification are Construction and Use Marsham, this is laid out clearly in the relevent legisaltion and they (Construction and Use Marsham) say categorically that a motorhome is NOT a goods vehicle.
Have to agree about the caras someone who now drives hgv regularly, and also a 34 foot rv, my viewpoint is:
there is little or no difference in the skills required to drive either a puller rv or an hgv (rigid). however, when it comes to putting a car on the back, whether it be on a trailer or a-frame, this does not in any way equate to the challenge of driving an artic, with respect to reversing, but particulary with regard to the planning required at some junctions to avoid hitting bollards, kerbs, railings, and of course other road users. perhaps the towing limit should be increased to say 1500kgs to recognise this. i did my c+e with drawbar and trailer, and had quite a shock getting into an artic to find the huge difference. now, when you have a pusher, it handles exactly like a coach, with that long front overhang, and the best training would be a d licence course. as to the legal requirements, i'll leave GT to argue this out with you all. as no doubt he will.