Driving Age Raised and other changes
January 2013 was an interesting month from every angle here at SafeDrivingForWork.com
The 19th of January was a unique day across the EU which saw the introduction of the new EU Driving Licence across member states.
The age for bus driving and truck driving were raised to 24 and 21, meaning anyone who applies for a learner permit in these categories after the 19th of January 2013 will have to be;
for Bus – 24 years of age
for truck – 21 years of age
Full licences for the truck and bus categories issued after the 19th of January 2013 will now only be issued for five years instead of ten. You will need to get a new medical done upon each renewal and yes it’s still the same price as a ten year licence at €55
Bus and Truck License Changes
Looking at these changes then in more detail how do they affect you?
Basically, the age at which you can get a learner permit to drive a truck or bus has risen.
For trucks, the age has gone from 18 to 21 and for buses it has gone from 21 to 24.
These changes don’t affect existing drivers who have already passed their test and have a full licence and interestingly don’t affect any drivers who have completed their own driver CPC.
The changes too don’t affect every category of Bus or Truck, so for Bus Drivers it doesn’t affect the minibus category, that’s still at 21, and similarly the light truck or C1 category under 7,500 kgs is not affected.
Another unusual change is that if you already have a learner permit for the classes affected you won’t be able to get a full licence for Categories D, or DE until you are aged 24. For drivers in this position they will have to go through Driver CPC and only obtain a licence for a minibus D1 category.
Truck drivers are affected similarly, those drivers who are aged over 18 but have not completed their driving test successfully and obtained a full licence will not be able to get a full licence until they are aged 21.
Car and Trailer
New changes were also introduced into the car and trailer category. According to the authorities the changes are as follows;
The rules around the weight of a trailer that a car may draw will depend on a number of factors. A person holding a car licence, category B, can draw a small trailer provided that the trailer has a design gross vehicle weight (DGVW) no greater than 750 kg, and in some cases a heavier trailer, provided the car and trailer combined is not heavier than 3,500kg DGVW.
DGVW means the designed gross weight which the trailer is designed by the manufacturer not to exceed, including the load on it. If you exceed this, you will be required to get a category BE driving licence.
Presently, a driver with a car and trailer licence, category BE can draw a trailer of unlimited
size according to licensing rules, this is of course limited by the manufacturer specification
for any particular car and trailer. From the 19 January 2013, every new BE licence or learner
permit holder cannot draw a trailer whose weight is greater than 3,500kg dvgw. This new
rule does not apply to people who have their full licence issued before the 19th January 2013.
This last bit is important ‘This new rule does not apply to people who have their full licence issued before 19th January 2013’. So that should stop the phone calls of panic I have been getting over the last few months with people wondering what they can drive and where.
There were some other changes to which are worth mentioning and I will address them in alter post regarding changes to vehicles used for driving tests and weights, these changes really only affect drivers who are undergoing driving lessons at the moment in either car + trailer, truck or bus, but that’s for another day.