What You Can Drive With Your Driving Licence in the UK

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Unfortunately, despite holding a valid UK driving licence you’ll still be limited to the type and size of vehicles that you can drive. On the reverse of your photo card driving licence there will be a table of licence categories with each one representing a different type of vehicle.

The most common licence categories used in the UK are:

  • Cat B
  • Cat B+E
  • Cat C1
  • Cat C1+E
  • Cat D1

Category B Driving Licences:

The most common type of driving licence held in the UK is the category B licence as this is the standard driving licence category gained when you pass a practical driving test.

However, that was not always the case. If you obtained your driving licence before January 1997 you will hold a B+E licence as well as the standard B category, meaning that you’re able to driver larger, heavier vehicles.

Unfortunately, if you gained your licence after January 2013 you will need to take an additional training course in order to obtain a B+E licence. You will need to complete the required trailer training in order to tow trailers, drive caravans or even tow a horsebox.

Category B+E Driving Licences:

The B+E category differs slightly from the standard B category as it allows you to tow vehicles with a greater combined weight. A standard B licence allows you to drive a vehicle with a weight limit of 3.5 tonnes or a maximum authorised mass of 3500kg with a trailer no greater than 750kg.

As we mentioned previously, if you gained your driving licence before January 1997 you will already have the category on your licence – anything after that date will require extra training courses.

Cat C1 Driving Licences:

Just like the B and B+E categories, the additional C1 licence is designed for drivers that use vehicles with a greater weight. The majority of vehicles covered in this category include emergency vehicles and courier trucks.

If you have successfully gained a category C1 licence you will be allowed to drive a vehicle with a weight that falls between 3500kg-7500kg and carrying no more than 8 passengers plus the driver.

Any trailer you tow with the vehicle cannot exceed 750kg.

A C1+E licence is an add-on for the C1 category. It increases the total towing weight and enables you to tow larger trailers than the standard C1 licence.

Cat D1 Driving Licence:

Anyone that has received their driving licence on or after January 1997 will not hold a D1 category on their licence. In order to drive a minibus carrying between 9-16 people, you will need to complete the necessary training for a D1 driving licence category.

There are three areas involved with the D1 training. This includes medical clearance, the theory test and the practical driving test. However, before you start training, you will need to complete a D2 application form. You can get one of these from the DVLA in the UK or your local traffic office.


AGSC Latest

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AGSC Members Gather to Learn the Latest at Auto Glass Week™

October 29, 2015

Jean Pero, Penny Ouellette, Dale Malcolm and Bob Beranek update AGSC members on the validation process.

Jean Pero, Penny Ouellette, Dale Malcolm and Bob Beranek update AGSC members on the validation process.

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) held its annual member meeting just prior to Auto Glass Week™ 2015 providing several updates, including ones from the education, credentialing and marketing committees.


During the education committee update, chair Jeff Olive, training manager for Glasspro in North Charleston, S.C., said the new testing site for the AGSC certified technician exam is in full operation. Technicians can now take the test up to three times without additional fees if they don’t pass on the first try.

“We are also adding questions to our item bank,” he said. “Our goal is to reach 1,000 questions that will rotate randomly through the certification test.”

AGSC’s education committee had held a marathon eight-hour meeting the day prior that was dedicated to updating the industry’s replacement-certification program by going tenaciously through a data bank of exam questions and answers.

Read more at: http://agsc.org/agsc-members-gather-to-learn-the-latest-at-auto-glass-week/

Three Dog Day

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70 kWh for $70k
Now, on to the awesome news of today. The 70 kWh version of the Model S in the single motor version at $70k costs $5k less than the dual motor version, consistent with the price differential for the single and dual motor 85 kWh car. Importantly, enough options are now standard that you will have bought a great car even if you pick the base version.

In many countries, national and state/province purchase incentives for clean energy vehicles improve the price to some degree. In the US, for example, the price after incentives is usually around $60k. Also, not having to buy gasoline and needing less service for an electric car typically saves around $2k per year, which accumulates to $10k over the national average car ownership period of five years. This economic advantage is often overlooked when evaluating gasoline vs electric cars. Moreover, these savings are experienced immediately in your monthly cost of transportation if you lease or finance an electric car.

90 kWh Pack
New buyers now have the option of upgrading the pack energy from 85 to 90 kWh for $3k, which provides about 6% increased range. For example, this takes our current longest range model, the 85D, to almost 300 miles of highway range at 65mph.

Existing owners can also purchase the pack upgrade, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so unless usage is on the edge of current range. On average, we expect to increase pack capacity by roughly 5% per year. Better to wait until you have more time on your existing pack and there is a larger accumulated pack energy difference.


Shipping Your Vehicle during a Long Distance Move

Moving to a new home can be stressful and downright exhausting. Things can become even more complicated if you are moving across country or to an entirely new country. One thing you must consider when making a move like this is what you will do with your current vehicle and there are a few different things you must take into account when moving your vehicle during a long distance move. Continue reading

“Surfing” While Driving: A Dangerous Epidemic

By Jack Payton, Tires-Easy

Technology is a wonderful thing in many respects, and where the safety and wellbeing of individuals is concerned, modern technology has helped in many areas.

The combination of handheld devices and automobiles, however, is not one of the areas where technology has made us a safer people.

Our nation’s highways are more dangerous than ever. Continue reading

5 Weird and Wonderful Japanese Autos

The Japanese have always had their quirks in most areas of culture and the car design zone certainly falls into the slightly different. Japan has had its fair share of different autos during its time and some really stick out in the memory. So, let’s take a look at five of the weirdest. Continue reading

Hyundai Innovations


What innovations has Hyundai made to their cars in the last 3 or 4 years that has given them so much momentum in the industry?

Owning a new or used vehicle requires a significant investment from car owners. Finding the right car can be a difficult process. It helps to purchase a car from a company you know you can trust and appreciate. Hyundai Motor’s has a solid reputation for safety and providing affordable cars to their customers. Over the past three to four years, Hyundai has grown rapidly. Their large sales can be attributed to a number of things including the following. Continue reading