April 27, 2017
Whatever you need to use a van for – no matter whether it’s a transporting a team, a house move or a new job – you’ll need to know which vans you can actually drive. Not all commercial vehicles can be driven on a standard UK licence, but don’t worry – we’ll spell out exactly what you can and can’t drive.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll assume you’ve passed your driving test. If you have, then your licence offers other permissions in addition to simply being able to drive a car. On the front of your photocard licence you’ll see a row of letters at the very bottom. These letters signify which vehicles you’re allowed to drive.
The list is also visible on the reverse of your photocard licence, along with graphics for a better understanding. Revised in November 2013, the current vehicle classifications cover the following classes:
However, you do need to be aware of some other things. Every van has a Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) figure. It must be no more than 3.5-tonnes (3500kg) and while many large vans come in under this limit, carrying a heavy load could exceed the MAM for the van that you are driving. That’s where the trouble starts. If you’re caught, you could be fined, issued penalty points and/or a court summons for illegally driving an overweight/overloaded vehicle. Ignorance is not an excuse. It’s your responsibility as the driver to make sure you are driving legally and safely.