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Post by Skizzydo 19th April 2021, 17:17

Help required or a least pointing in the right direction

Having a minor heart attack in January and the DVLA site is next to useless for the correct information or gaining access to a human voice . They class vehicles as either Car or motorbike group 1. The only other choice is bus / lorry group 2  and you really dont want to go there.

So what is a motorhome apart from being listed as Private/ Light goods (PLG) on the V5 ? 
Do i now need a medical? As my minor blip is not listed as being required the attention of the Drs , except for a personal check up. Confused dot com

Having not driven the motorhome for several ( except last weekend ) months amI allowed to. My wife had a bypass op several years ago - no problem after confirmation by the DVLA, me I am on some tablets otherwise vertical with a pulse .
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Post by Paulmold 19th April 2021, 17:24

Is your van over  3500kg?

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Post by PLOUGHLIN 19th April 2021, 17:34

Paulmold wrote:Is your van over  3500kg?

Unless it has been up plated, it is 3500kg max, hence normal car licence only required.

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Post by Peter Brown 19th April 2021, 17:46

In 2003 I was hospitalised and diagnosed as having had a heart attack.  prior to being discharged I was briefed by the cardiac nurse including the fact that having had a heart attack I would have to declare that to the DVLA and would not be allowed to drive for six weeks and then only subject to passing a medical.

Virtually as I was walking out of the door they changed the diagnosis to Angina so no such implications.

If you should have notified the DVLA and haven't you won't be covered by your vehicle insurance in the event of any incident.
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Post by Peter Brown 19th April 2021, 18:03

Just checked the current status. The conditions apply to what your licence is for NOT for what you drive.

If you only have categories A & B on your licence you are in Group 1 and don't have to notify. If you have kept C1, then you do.

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Post by Skizzydo 19th April 2021, 18:34

Thank you all for your input, much appreciated.
The Bourton Max  weight is 3500kg  and as i understand it I am ok as long as I don’t over load the vehicle  - I am 73  - so the licence was reduced at 70 anyway. Whilst i had the 4 weeks non driving due to lockdown so thats out of the way. 
Unfortunately  (or not ) the CAA take a different line so I  am grounded for 6 months at least even if i comply with the self declaration system.
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Post by Tinwheeler 19th April 2021, 19:03

You could be in trouble if you load the MH in excess of its GVW of 3500kg irrespective of your age or medical condition!

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Post by bikeralw 19th April 2021, 19:09

Eighteen months ago out of the blue one of our best motor homing friends had a brief blackout at home. Aged 71, it only lasted a few seconds, but being a retired nurse his wife insisted he visited the doctor. Pending tests the doctor recommended he hand in his licence.
Everything came back clear, so after three months and with the doctor's blessing he applied to get his licence back.. Not that easy, after numerous hoops had been jumped through he finally got it back, just a year and two months after he first informed the DVLA.
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