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Licence catagory

  • 12-08-2021 2:39pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,327 ✭✭✭ have2flushtwice

    I have a b licence and I want to get a jeep/ small truck. My understanding as long as it is under 3500kg I'm covered. So to clarify, if I get a 3000kg vehicle and I put 500kg of sand into it, I'm still ok. Any more and I'm outside the limits.

    Is there any restriction on wheels, eg do twin wheels on the rear axle push me over the category? So a two axle 6 wheeler is what I'm talking about.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,038 ✭✭✭✭ CiniO

    Your understanding is not exactly right.

    3500kg is a limit for B licence but based on maximum D.G.V.D (Design Gross Vehicle Weight). Number of axles or wheels doesn't matter.

    D.G.V.W is a parameter set by vehicle manufacturer. It can be found on a logbook, on type approval documents, but probably the easiest is on a vehicle VIN plate usually located at driver's or passenger's door or under the bonnet.

    D.G.V.W doesn't depend on how much load you put into your car. It's a parameter which describes how much this vehicle can potentially weight if fully loaded.

    If your vehicle's kerb weight is 3000kg, but D.G.V.W is 5000kg, then even if you run it empty and real mass is below 3500kg then you still can't drive it on B licence category.