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New European Motorcaravan Driving Licence

Date: 18/04/2012
Source: FFCC

The new driving licence comes into force from 19 January 2013. It is smaller, the size of a credit card, and has a chip so should be forgery-proof.
With the future Class B driving licence, after undertaking obligatory training, one can drive a B category vehicle with a trailer weighing more than 750 kgs (authorised laden weight) up to a permissible total laden weight of 4,240 kgs.
With the new B E licence, up to 7 tonnes is allowed (e.g. towing vehicle weighing 3.5 tonnes and trailer weighing 3.5 tonnes maximum) provided that the permissible total laden weight is not exceeded.
Class C1 and C1 E driving licences allow one to drive a vehicle with a permitted total combined weight of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes after undertaking an obligatory theory and practical test and a medical examination.
Class C1 E driving licence concerns vehicles weighing 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes with a trailer weighing over 750 kgs, the combined weight of which cannot exceed 12 tonnes.
These driving licences are valid for between 5 and 15 years, depending on the category, and must be renewed on expiry (no test required).