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Post by CJ1949 on Sat May 18, 2019 10:22 am

Lost my C1 this year at 70 -filled the G4 medical and submitted to DVLA.
They came back insisting on a treadmill stress test and indicated in letter if I failed then my ordinary licence would be at risk! I have 2 heart stents but no associated medical problems.

So just in case I did fail the test, I decided I'd better to downside from my Lovely 2016 Winchcombe to a new Bourton to come under the 3500KGs -I don't want to drive HGV or taxis so the regulations are really unfair, coupled with losing a huge amount of cash.
You can do just as much damage with a 3500 as with a weight of 3880.

Disappointed that the Caravan & Motorhome Club does not seem lobby this issue to a more rational and sensible level.
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Post by bainzie on Sat May 18, 2019 11:06 am

Sorry to hear that  CJ1949 , I agree seems very very  unfair to me .I believe  they should be more flexible on this, its not as if your driving  commercially for any reward. scratch head

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Post by CJ1949 on Sat May 18, 2019 4:25 pm

I spoke to a guy yesterday (he's 72) who did not know about the licence restriction -but did not seem to worry that he's got a oversized MH . I mention that this could give rise to excuse/reason to his insurance company to invalidate any claims. He remarked 'never needed to claim'.

I thought 'plane's don't fall out of the sky either' !
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Post by raymondo on Sun May 19, 2019 12:24 am

Im diabetic and consequently lost my 7.5 ton  license but Im still trying to work out how my driving something of 3850 is more dangerous than my driving 3500!

I have informed my insurance - they noted it but didnt change the premium so they dont think that my diabetes makes me any more dangerous so why do the DVLA?
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Post by RML on Sun May 19, 2019 6:53 am

3500kg is just a number, it could be another but it's not. Just accept it as I have although now on our 3rd van they've all been below this weight. As for the 72 year old mentioned above he's the arrogant kind who gives us all a bad name and he could end up in court, with no insurance, after an accident that's not his fault.
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Post by harrysp on Sun May 19, 2019 8:27 am

Not to mention the loss to the third party if the accident is his fault.

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Post by Roopert on Sun May 19, 2019 9:48 am

RML wrote:3500kg is just a number, it could be another but it's not.  Just accept it as I have although now on our 3rd van they've all been below this weight.  As for the 72 year old mentioned above he's the arrogant kind who gives us all a bad name and he could end up in court, with no insurance, after an accident that's not his fault.
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And if he gets stopped for a random check by the police or VOSA (if that's what they are called this week) the problem will be spotted and he will get points on his licence and a fine.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sun May 19, 2019 12:49 pm

And his vehicle impounded or at least not allowed to proceed with him driving?

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Post by rgermain on Sun May 19, 2019 2:07 pm

I have wondered how many have a 3500 and without a C1 overload without knowing it.

Same goes for modifications to vans or travel insurance with medical conditions not declared.
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Post by groundhog on Mon May 20, 2019 10:09 am

I applied for my C1 renewal at 70 last November, still waiting. I am perfectly fit and healthy but despite the doctors giving a clean bill of health they still want further investigations. Apart from sending the doctors blank forms and referring me to a specialist heart consultant (why?) who no longer practices they now inform me last week I have to have further investigations and it may take some time. DVLA are simply useless on this one, clearly six months already is not enough time.
I have now given up and will drive under section 88 of the road traffic act, you can do this if your licence is in the system, with canadian and international licences as a back up.
Figured if I did that and stopped ringing them they may just come through.

3500 kgs rule is ludicrous, a person who has an old licence including a C1 can drive my 3880 kgs van although they may never have driven anything in 50 years yet a 30 year old rally driver can't without adding a C1!!
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Post by davemarshall on Mon May 20, 2019 8:02 pm

Re C1 licence.
The reason for the 3500kg cut off is because motorhomes are built on goods vehicle chassis, any goods vehicle over 3500kg are classed as HGV this is the reason for C1 renewal. Any motorhome over 3500kg are taxed as private HGV which is less than the normal MH rate. Although MH are not goods vehicles the chassis are. Same rules apply if you own a goods vehicle over 3500kg.
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