Q I am 19 and according to my driver's licence I
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am restricted to driving vehicles which have an unladen weight not in excess of 2 tons. Yet in Commercial Motor August 27 a Commer truck which had an unladen weight of 2 tons 7cwt 1q was advertised as being suitable for non-hgv holders and under 21s for driving. Could you explain this?
A An hgv driving licence is not required
by the driver of a rigid vehicle which has an unladen weight of not more than 3 tons, and this class of vehicle may also be driven by a person under 21 who has passed a test on Group 1 vehicles.
The 2-ton maximum limit which you are referring to applies only in the case of articulated vehicles which, if the tractive unit weighs more than this, must not be driven by a driver under 21. The advert you refer to, therefore, is quite in order to claim that the vehicle described may be driven by a non-hgv licence holder or a driver under 21,