I will have to correct that Dick. George did not get into trouble here through any motorhome subject. Even when debating his old favourites such as Licences and A Frames and he was always well researched and presented.Hi Tony - tread careful, mate - it was this very subject that got GT into trouble
Makes you wonder how many RVers are actually driving large coaches on their car licences. More than a few I bet.
Why would they want to?
To save the cost of taking a test john ?
Just what are you trying to say Mr Team Player? I think that most people with a motorhome/R.V. over 7.5 tonnes know whether or not they are capable of driving it.They have probably paid £10,000s for it so are not going to put it, themselves or others at jepardy by using it.Until the law states who can drive what,at what weight i guess we'll have to leave it as it stands,just my opinion of course. By the way i do have an HGV 1(LGV AS IT'S CALLED NOW) Licence and have driven on most of the worlds continents since 1970.This arguement can be divided into several camps,
Firstly those who drive a vehicle over 7.5 tonne who haven't got an hgv licence who will argue till the cows come home that they dont need an hgv licence because their vehicle doesn't carry goods (yeah very pedantic).
Secondly , those who have for whatever reason, already got an hgv licence, and dont need to worry about licencing issues.
However, the bottom line stands that, there is a difference between taxation class, licencing class and mot classification.
Just because your vehicle is taxed as plg, does not mean it is a car, If you take time to look at licencing catagories, you will see that they refer to each class by weight, ie under 7500kgs or over 7500kgs. Or more recently 3500kgs.
To drive a VEHICLE (regardless of its taxation or MOT class) over 7500kgs ,you need the relevant licence. Argueing that "it is a motorhome on the V5" so I can drive a 10 ton RV on a normal car licence, is not only foolish, but extremely arrogant.
I also cant believe that people keep saying that nobody has been prosecuted for it, so it must be ok, Nice arguement until you have an accident and your insurance refuses to pay out because you "do not hold the relevant licence to drive the class of vehicle"
I know of 2 people, who, like Chris Eubank had this thing about trying to act like a yank, and drive a tractor unit,and because they managed to have it taxed as a private vehicle for £185 instead of the £1000 s it costs for a 44 tonner, they believed they could drive it on a car licence, WRONG !! The units were 9 tonne each, and their licence only permitted them to drive a VEHICLE under 7500kgs. They were both convicted of driving without the appropriate licence, fined and had points on their licence.
You might not like or agree with what i've said, thats your perogative, I for one have a class 1 hgv, or whatever they call it nowadays, I've driven heavy haulage units of 150 tonne, and 100 ft long, so am licenced to drive anything.
If you have been driving an RV over 7500kgs for a while,do yourself a favour and take a class c test, it will be a doddle if you are even half a driver, and will cost you a couple of hundred pound, If not, try your luck and get convicted, that will probably cost about the same in fines and additional insurance premiums, the difference is, you only need to take the test once, the fines can come indefinately.