The Authorities is contemplating permitting drivers who handed their driving check after 1 January, 1997, and so are presently restricted to driving automobiles weighing 3,500kg or much less, to have the ability to drive heavier automobiles with out having to sit down an extra check.
Anybody who handed their driving check earlier than 1 January, 1997, is ready to drive a automobile as much as 7,500kg below the so-called grandfather rights. Now, below this wider session into driving licences, the Authorities has been asking for suggestions on whether or not all drivers ought to be allowed to drive automobiles as much as 7,500kg.
Following Brexit, the Authorities has been contemplating a number of modifications to the foundations governing driving licences and has already modified the regulation concerning trailers, which implies youthful drivers can now tow heavier trailers. Now it’s consulting on growing weight limits for drivers who handed their check within the final 26 years.
A Division for Transport spokesperson says,
We requested the general public for his or her views on how the present driving licence course of could possibly be streamlined – eradicating any obstacles and benefiting from our post-Brexit freedoms. We’re presently reviewing all responses and count on to publish the findings in 2023.
The motorhome and caravan business physique, the Nationwide Caravan Council, supported the proposals that the entitlement C1 (to drive a automobile as much as 7,500kg) be given to individuals on the similar time they handed their automobile check (class B), with an age restriction of 21.
It additionally agreed with the proposal that automobiles between 3,500kg and seven,500kg which can be designed and constructed for leisure functions, corresponding to motorhomes and campervans, be exempted from the Driver CPC (Certificates of Skilled Competence) guidelines. This may imply an extra driving check wouldn’t be wanted to get behind the wheel of a bigger, heavier motorhome.
As soon as the outcomes have been printed, a proposal shall be made and probably additional consultations carried out earlier than any proposed modifications to the regulation shall be drafted. These will then must be accredited by Parliament.
If this regulation does make it by way of, it might have velocity up the introduction of motorhomes with electrical drivetrains. Due to the burden of battery packs, it’s unlikely that pure-electric motorhomes will weigh below 3,500kg.
It’s price noting that UK drivers with solely class B on the licence can already drive alternative-fuelled automobiles as much as 4.25 tonnes (with 5 hours coaching by way of an accredited centre).
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