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Are you aware of the new driving licence changes?

Are you aware of the new driving licence changes?

 

Next year will see some changes made to UK driving licences that may affect your rental operation. Make sure you're prepared by reading below now!

 

From 19th January 2013, all newly qualified drivers need to pass a further test should they wish to tow heavy trailers. This change to licence category B will only apply to those who pass their driving test from this date.

It means that drivers who pass a test to drive cars/small vehicles up to 3,500kg will be restricted to towing:

 

  • Light trailers up to 750kg
  • Trailers in excess of 750kg where the combined rate of the towing car (or small vehicle) is not in excess of 3500kg.

Towing heavy trailers requires an additional test.

HGV drivers will also be affected by the upcoming changes. From 19th January the following vehicle categories will be affected C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1, D1E. Drivers of these vehicles will need to complete a medical fitness declaration per licence renewal up to the age of 45, thereafter they will need to submit to a medical examination at each licence renewal. From age 65, an annual licence renewal and medical examination will be required, as at present.

Companies renting vehicles in these categories should be mindful of the upcoming changes when ensuring drivers’ licences are valid.