Older drivers can enjoy extra campervan and motorhome freedoms due to licence rule

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According to experts at PaulCamper, those who passed their test before 1997 can drive vehicles up to 4,000kg heavier. The rule could be a blow to many younger families who may be unable to travel in a big campervan due to the driving licence technicality.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dirk Fehse, CEO of PaulCamper said drivers needed to “be aware” of the rules before setting off.

He added younger drivers could still get behind the wheel of heavier campervans as long as they take a C1 test.

He said: “You do need to be aware of the size of vehicle you are allowed to drive.

“If you passed your test before January 1, 1997, you can drive a motorhome up to 7500kg on your B+C1 licence.

“If you passed your test after January 1, 1997, you can drive a motorhome up to 3500kg on your B (car) licence.

“To drive a heavier motorhome, you must take a C1 test.”

Experts at the Camping and Caravanning Club said it was “vital” drivers understood the possible “limitations” of their driving licence.

They urge road users to always check their licence before they considered hiring or buying any motorhome or campervan.

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They said road users can check their licence status on the back of their plastic driving licence photocard.

They said: “Your driving licence will show the categories you are entitled to drive.

“If you have the older-style paper licence they are clearly listed on the front of your licence.

“On newer licences, they are given on the back of the photocard.”

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