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C1 driving licence breakthrough

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Motorhome drivers facing the prospect of sitting a commercial vehicle test to get their C1 entitlement to drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes will welcome news that the test is set to be relaxed.

Current C1 category regulations mean people who passed their test after 1 January 1997 can only drive a vehicle weighing over 3.5 tonnes if they pass an additional theory and practical test.  These tests involve elements relevant only to commercial vehicles, such as understanding the use of tachometers and driver hour regulations, yet drivers must still pass these elements even if they want to only drive a motorhome over 3.5 tonnes.

Following lobbying by the European Caravan Federation (ECF), the European Commission published Directive 2012/36EU in November 2012, which introduces an addition to the C1 category: C1 97.

Under the new C1 97 category, motorhome divers taking the tests will no longer be required to demonstrate knowledge of legislation and equipment that is only applicable to professional drivers, such as the digital tachograph, rules on driving hours and rest periods, or rules for the national/international carriage of goods or passengers.

However, although the new C1 97 category goes some way to accommodate the needs of motorhome drivers, the ECF still feels more is needed.

Under the Directive, EU countries must comply by 31 December 2013.

In the UK, the National Caravan Council said it is still “actively engaged” with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and DVLA, and hopes to issue an update on the UK’s implementation soon.

MMM will bring you news of updates as they happen.

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