Let's face it,
It can be a tough terrain knowing whether you are safe, and more importantly legal, to drive a motorhome (or tow a caravan)... So we have broken it down for you!
What do you need to know...
If you passed your test before Jan 1st 1997 then you are automatically entitled to drive vehicles up to 7500kg (a weight-limit which covers most motorhomes except the largest American RV styles). This is because you will have category C1 entitlement on your license.
However if you passed you test after 1st January 1997 the standard license only covers category B and B1. While you may drive a vehicle up to 3500kg and tow a trailer up to 750kg behind it on these categories, you are required to pass an additional test if you want to drive a larger motorhome up to the weight of 7500kg (category C1).
Most new motorhomes are now built with a Maximum Allowable Mass (MAM) of 3500kg so you may not have to worry about taking an additional driving test, hooray! Although it’s always important to check.
The categories you are entitled to drive will be shown clearly on your driving licence. This will be on the front for the older-style paper licence, or on the back of the pink photocard for the newer two-part licence.
As an additional note please be aware that when you reach 70 years old you will need to renew your driving licence . When renewed in the standard way this will lead to you losing your C1 entitlement (so you will only be able to drive motorhomes up to 3500kg). In order to avoid this, ask your GP to fill in a medical report form D4 – be conscious this is often charged for.