the big 70 - driving licence question

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  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Funster

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    March 21, 2016 is only 3 months away. I know that, so do the DVLA or is it DVLC. In any event my Hymer has a plate on the side that mentions 3,500 kg and also mentions 5,500 kg. I think it refers to unloaded and loaded. Am I ok to still drive it or do I need to take a test?
     
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    What does it say in log book?
     
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    I would reckon no you wont be able to with out doing something, it is almost certainly a PHGV, but as above, your V5 is the key
     
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    edit, you might be lucky and the 5500kg only refers to total weight if towing
     
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    As @DavidG58 posted . The 3500kg will be gvw and the 5500kg most likely the gtw.

    Btw you can now , 90days before expiry, submit your application to maintain your grandfathers rights to your C1+E licence group. You will need a medical and eye test .
    If you decide to relinquish C1+E and renew without it you can continue to drive your 3500kg motorhome .
     
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    Hi I'm 70 in Feb 16 just renewed my driving licence. If I wanted to continue to drive over 3500kgs I needed a optician test to prove I could read at the appropriate distance. I am very lucky and in extremely good health and did not need a medical as well. As it is our MH is 3400 and we have no intention to change it for anything bigger so my licence is now limited to 3500kgs
     
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    If your motorhome is the one in your avatar , it is no doubt only 3500kg imo.
     
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    Thanks guys, looks like I need to get in touch with DVLA and make absolutely sure.
     
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    Just looked on my V5 and it says my revenue weight is 3500 kg. That makes me think I'm ok.
     
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    you are indeed, but don't go buying a toad (y)
     
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    With a B+E licence if test passed before 19 th Jan 2013 there is no weight limit on trailer , other than your mhome gtw limit. There was a gtw limit of 11000kgs .
    So a toad is no problem :xThumb:
     
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    Done my license in October no medical but if I want to drive over over 3000kg can I apply for it say in March .
    hope you no what I mean. cheers john
     
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    Surely it is quite straight forward isn't it? If you want to drive a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight which is over 3500 kgs and you are over 70 years of age, then you have to take the necessary tests to do so, if your vehicle is at or under 3500 kgs and you are over 70 years of age then you just renew your driving licence in the normal way, and renewal has to take place every three years from then on.
     
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    I am over 70 what I am trying to find out is can you get your over 3000kg back with the 3 years :xThumb:
     
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    You can get any LGV entitlement back at any time on completion of the necessary medical forms, after passing the medical and eyesight tests first obviously.

    This includes the C1 +E entitlement that many have due to 'grandfather' rights.
     
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    There is if test passed after 1997. It is only pre '97 that you have the B+E & now it is only up to 8250kgs in line with all other EU states.

    https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/driving-licence-rules-and-what-you-can-tow
     
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    You can drive a vehicle up to 3500 kg on an ordinary car license, when 70years old or over. This is renewed every three years.
    If you wish to drive or continue to drive over 3500kg, then you have to have a medical including an eye test, cost by your doctor £100 approx.

    Bernard you say 3500 & 5500kg, 3500kg would be your maximum gross laden weight, the 5500 would be your gross train weight. There is a restriction on how much you can tow if you passed your test after 1997, but your vehicle is capable of a total road weight of 5500kg. Therefore your van fully laden and the weight of towed trailer.


    Hope this is of some help.
     
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    Without trying to be negative I am just amazed their are people driving their motorhomes without understanding their weight limits or licence requirements.
     
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    Sorry about the spelling, bloody predictive.
     
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