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  • Just been discussing this with my boss, his licence allows him to drive vans, small (non articulated)truck , vans with trailers etc… the whole lot basically, he passed his test years and years ago.

    Mine only has a car and something that appears to be a milk float on the back, I passed in june.

    So whats the craic here then, do I have to do another test for minibus etc?

    meehaja
    Member

    If you passed before sept 1997 you can drive non articualted trucks upto 7.5 tonnes and minibuses up to (i think?) 8 passengers.

    After that date, you can only drive upto 3.5 tonnes.

    Which is poo, cos ambulances weight about 4 tonnes so I had to do an HGV test (about £1000 all in) just to drive ambulances slightly bigger than the ones I used to drive.

    I tihnk you can still drive a minibus, so long as its not for “hire or reward” i.e you don’t get paid or anything (ideal for charitees etc)

    Premier Icon nickc
    Subscriber

    Loads of stuff. Mostly that I’m never going to get to have a go on.

    uplink
    Member

    I’ve got

    A
    B
    BE
    B1
    C1
    C1E
    D1
    D1E
    fklnp

    Shed loads of symbols for vans & trucks etc
    I passed my motorbike test in 1977 & my car test in 81 – no other tests

    willard
    Member

    B, BE, C1, C1E, D1, D1E, f, k, l, n, p

    So, cars, vans and minibuses, all with trailers and then some other stuff.

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
    Subscriber

    Pretty much all of them..Including

    About the best thing I got out of my time in the Army…

    Oh, apart from a decent trade. 😆

    meehaja
    Member

    C1 is 7.5 tonne, C1E is 7.5 plus trailer i think, D1 is mini bus, D1E with trailer. B relates to cars, A to motorbikes FKLNP is i think tracters, milk floats etc. weirdly, mine includes “tracked vehicles” (I’m gonna get me a tank!)

    I have B, B1 and thats it!

    Premier Icon aracer
    Subscriber

    minibuses up to (i think?) 8 passengers.

    I think 8 passengers is the limit for a normal car licence – with minibus entitlement it’s rather more. I’ve certainly driven a Transit minibus with seats for ~12.

    coffeeking
    Member

    I was gutted, I passed about 6 months before the changeover – didnt realise it at the time and spent the next few years towing a 25ft boat on a trailer the length of the country. Now I have to take a rediculously expensive test to tow every once in a while. Peed off.

    pennine
    Member

    B
    BE
    C
    CE
    C1
    C1E
    D1
    D1E
    f.k.l.n.p.

    druidh
    Member

    A
    B
    BE
    B1
    C1
    C1E
    D1
    D1E
    fklnp

    trickydisco
    Member

    same as above!

    skidartist
    Member

    I think a lot of people might be unaware of what they actualyl can and can’t drive. You see people towing trailers and caravans and assume everyone can. I’ve got a friend who used to work in land conservation which involved using 12 seat landrovers and trailers. It came to light one day that almost all of the staff were driving both illegally and were totally unaware of it.

    gnarlynath
    Member

    Scarily my mother in law who chooses not to drive anymore has H on her license allowing her to drive Tanks. She is very proud of that. Not sure they will call her up though.

    simondbarnes
    Member

    B
    C1
    D1
    B+E
    C1E
    D1E
    F
    K
    L
    N
    P

    Also have provisional entitlement to ride a motorbike > 50cc and to drive a steamroller or a tank 🙂

    sootyandjim
    Member

    A
    B
    B+E
    C
    C+E
    D1
    H
    f,k,l,n,p

    Plus ADR licence with 8 classes (only class 7 is missing).

    All paid for by HM Government and therefore by you lovely tax-paying folk.

    Many thanks.

    julianwilson
    Member

    I think mine allows me to drive a road roller. wooh!

    bigyinn
    Member

    AC10 and SP30 lol!

    I have a special license, because I R special 🙂

    Smee
    Member

    If it has wheels on it I can drive it.

    pennine
    Member

    Plus ADR licence with 8 classes (only class 7 is missing)

    A bit of exposure to class 7 stuff could be useful for commuting in the dark 😉

    Smee
    Member

    You tend to get an armed escort with class 7 stuff though.

    spooky_b329
    Member

    I’ve got the newer type 🙁

    Which means at work, I can’t tow anything more than 750kg behind my 3.5t transit (their lightest trailer is 800kg!) but at home I could tow a 1500kg trailer behind my Mondeo on my existing license, even though its a more unstable combination.

    And it’ll cost me £800-1000 to take the trailer test, which I’m going to need 🙁

    Reluctant
    Member

    I can’t read n i cant write,
    but that dont really matter
    cos i comes from the west country
    an i can drive a tractor.

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