More proposed changes to UK driving licences

18, August 2022

Government has put out a call for evidence on opportunities for various changes to the driver licensing regime.

Questions around reintroducing grandfather rights explore whether the UK should allow those who hold a normal car driving licence to drive certain larger vans or smaller lorries up to 7.5 tonnes. This will allow B licence drivers to drive C1 (heavier motorhomes) without the need for an additional test or a medical test, although this may be subject to certain requirements, such as age or driving experience.

Prior to 1 January 1997, people who passed their driving test for a normal car also obtained the right to drive heavier, larger vehicles up to 8.25 tonnes in weight and minibuses – these entitlements were removed by the EU.

No decisions have been made on whether these rights should be re-introduced and the government is keen for views from a wide range of stakeholders to inform its future approach to the issue. Government says any changes would “need to ensure continued safe use of our roads and be economically proportionate”.

You can respond online here – the deadline for replies is 28 October 2022.

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