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Old 20 January 2014, 15:58   #1
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Age 70 + towing restrictions

.. was talking to my dad whose an active 79 YO and a long term licence holder and something pricked my concience about older drivers losing the ability to tow things .. Am I right in saying that after 1997 despite having grandfather rights for towing, after reaching 70, that entitlement disapears off their licence ?

Are they then goverened by the 3.5 tonne rule (not for hire or reward) .. so if his MAM of the entire rig is below 3.5 he should be ok ?
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I may be wrong, but I think they have a C1 licence then when they turn 70 they can renew the C1 but it cant be done online.

The B+E I think can be done online. Not sure if you need to specifically tick a box for the +E.
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i was told this was the case, though when i questioned my instructor when i did b+e he said that people only lose it when they fail to tick the box
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I don't think there's an age restriction

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Old 20 January 2014, 19:34   #5
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Last year on a ferry I sat in the company of an HGV driver who was 70 years old. The only restrictions I understand are that he has a yearly medical and he can't drive in Italy or Portugal because of his age....and he's driving up to 44 tonnes.
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Old 21 January 2014, 02:45   #6
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LGV/PSV drivers are different, they must renew every 5 years after age 45, and must have a medical each time.(annually after 65) Car drivers only need to renew after age 70 , every 3 years I think.
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Muz - I think the only way to be sure is to check the license; the "B+E" or "BE"* SHOULD still be on there... ...but I'd only assume that it definitely made it to MY license if I had never heard of DVLA making any admin errors!

* recent change in how it is labelled!
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Muz,

You need to either phone DVLA or troll through the website direct.gov.uk

The answer will be there but it may take a long time to flush it out.

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I would have thought that to impose towing restrictions on someone just because of their age would be Ageist and therefore not lawful or challengeable in court.
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Muz,

You need to either phone DVLA or troll through the website direct.gov.uk

The answer will be there but it may take a long time to flush it out.

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Its there Steve I've just done it and the guidelines are okay to follow for all categories
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