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    3.5t van license

    alrite guys

    was thinking earlier what do i need, to be able to drive a van upto 3.5 tonnes? i'm 21 got my license in july 2006, i'm pretty sure i need to take another test and got rather confused looking at a direct.gov website. anyone know what i need to do or show me a helpful site please?
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    nothing,you can drive a van upto 3.5 ton on a car license.trust me,i am a white van man!! lol who you looking to work for,HDNL?

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    car licence upto 3.5 tons. class 3 for 3.5 to 7.5 tons (single axle) class 2 for 7.5 tons to 38 tons (ridged truck plus anything with a single axle or more) class 1 up to 60 tons (tractor unit and trailor or ridged and draw bar)

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    Brett, its almost like you know what your talking about

    You got your licence then i take it?
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    cheers guys, i was under the impression that i needed a license, guess its just insurance thats the problem then, thanks for clearing that up for me

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    Yeah I have my class 2

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    Pre 1997 licences can drive upto 7.5 tonnes, post 1997 licences are limited to 3.5 tonnes to my memory.

    Post 1997 licences have tighter towing restrictions too, beware if you wish to take a caravan on the roads....
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    This sucks... i was having the same discussion with my Dad the other day- he passed his test late 70s early 80s and has small lorries and all sizes of vans that he can drive... yet the price of a test has gone up, and it's harder? boooooooo!
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    Its a good thing, it stopped young novice drivers jumping in to wagons. little billy who just passed his test in a fiesta with a zero experiance of the road, you wouldnt want him jumping into 7.5 tons of daf cf truck would you?

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    well it was about 2 years after passing my test before driving a van up to 3.5t, a few months later I was given keys to a 7.5t Iveco to take out on the open road myself on a Saturday morning around the Ind. Est. to give me an idea of what to expect for the following weeks work
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