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Old 13 February 2010, 11:54   #11
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Old 13 February 2010, 12:03   #12
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What can i Tow ?

Hi with your licence yes you can

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Old 15 February 2010, 07:14   #13
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until their licence expires.
There is a small print thing with "medical short period" licences where technically your bit of paper becomes invalid, but as long as you renew it & the quacks are happy when you do, you keep your "grandfather rights".

Once again I refer tyou to the DVLA for the "legal wording".......
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Old 16 February 2010, 10:42   #14
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Once again I refer tyou to the DVLA for the "legal wording".......
My post was quoted from the DVLA website word for word
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Old 16 February 2010, 11:17   #15
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One thing to watch is that if your "train" is 4.1 tonnes, you may be illegal as I THINK the B / BE is for 3.5T GTW. I used to be legal to drive 7.5tonnes (and did), but lost that 3 or 4 re-issues ago......
no the 3.5 tonne limit is the MAM of the car not the train weight. So B+E will be fine. You know you could ask for your cat C1 entitlement back if you can be bothered jumping through hoops every year and forking out for a medical every year?
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Old 16 February 2010, 11:36   #16
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I had mine removed at my first short term renewal and, at the time, was told I couldn't have it back under any circumstances unless I was actually using it for work. If this was the case I needed proof of this and a yearly medical.
Has this relaxed again?
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Old 16 February 2010, 11:58   #17
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I had mine removed at my first short term renewal and, at the time, was told I couldn't have it back under any circumstances unless I was actually using it for work. If this was the case I needed proof of this and a yearly medical.
Has this relaxed again?
Bruce, I think it has been relaxed since then. http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents...0to%20know.doc

I'm not sure how easy it would be to get c1 added back on just with a medical/paper chase or if they would expect you to take the test as you've been without the category (rather than an existing C1 holder who is diagnosed today and so is losing the cat for the first time).
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Old 17 February 2010, 05:51   #18
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no the 3.5 tonne limit is the MAM of the car not the train weight. So B+E will be fine.
Dont you love the DVLA website? Having had another look, I find
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...es/DG_10013073
Shock horror - plain(ish) English!!!

Looks like my original understanding was wrong!

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You know you could ask for your cat C1 entitlement back if you can be bothered jumping through hoops every year and forking out for a medical every year?
Yeah, with an annual (expensive) medical, but gave up after seeing what the annual cost was going to be for my likely use of it.

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I'm not sure how easy it would be to get c1 added back on just with a medical/paper chase or if they would expect you to take the test as you've been without the category (rather than an existing C1 holder who is diagnosed today and so is losing the cat for the first time).
The ironic thing is I'll have driven a 7.5 tonner a lot more recently than my mum who could legally jump into & drive one right now, having never so much as sat in the cab of anything that big!


I guess my original doubt has sparked a useful discussion, and I now know I can get round my 3.5T "glass ceiling" with careful choice of tow vehicle & trailer!
The slightly ironic bit of that is that the main reason I usually hired 7.5 tonners wasn't for the weight capacity, but for the volume of the box behind the cab........
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The ironic thing is I'll have driven a 7.5 tonner a lot more recently than my mum who could legally jump into & drive one right now, having never so much as sat in the cab of anything that big!
indeed and so can my mother who has not even driven a car for over ten years! She can also drive a minibus commercially if she wants - whereas you can't - but I think you can still drive a minibus for a charity... ...because obviously you are safer when its not your livlihood at stake!
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Thanks all.

I did contact the DVLA, but to be honest they confused me even more. I also suspect the person I spoke to did not really have much of a clue. Reading this from the direct.gov website, then I am fine with my B+E entitlement. (LR Discovery + Boat and Trailer)

Category B+E allows vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM to be combined with trailers in excess of 750kgs MAM. In order to gain this entitlement new category B licence holders have to pass a further practical test for category B+E. There is no category B+E theory test. For driver licensing purposes there are no vehicle/trailer weight ratio limits for category B+E.
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