Join Date: Mar 2008
My Motorhome: A Caravan of all things !!
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The issue with a C1 licence is that it authorises you to drive ANY vehicle that doesn’t EXCEED 7500kg gross weight. If it weighs another Kg (3501) then you require a full LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) licence. Therefore the “authorities” want to satisfy themselves that you don’t have any health issue that may affect your driving. Having a “medical incident” whilst at the wheel of a 7499kg vehicle could be pretty serious.
There are many trucks that (like some MH’s) can be downplated to just under 7500 kg. That makes them non LGV’s and enables them to be driven by C1 licence holders. They are easy to spot, they don’t have to have the usual HGV reflective panels on the back. Totally daft ‘cos the only difference could be as little as a couple of Kg gross weight from a “full” LGV.
There WAS talk of the U.K. implementing a “Leisure vehicle only” C1 category, but that got shelved, probably because it wouldn’t benefit enough people/earn politicians enough votes.So we are now in the “catch all” situation. Having said that there’s no difference between a 7499 kg lorry and a 7499 kg MH, if either crashes it’s gonna be dramatic!
Its not the destination that matters.
It's who you share the journey with (even if it’s in a caravan!) I am very fortunate to have Mrs Plodd to share mine with