“Small lorry” drivers in licence impasse

While DVLA has been able to suspend the requirement for Cat C and C+E vocational licence renewals to be accompanied by the extended D4 medical report, one group of goods vehicle drivers has fallen through the cracks. It affects drivers who hold C1 entitlement, to drive goods vehicles from 3,501kg to 7.500kg GVW, and those towing trailers with a GCW over 3,500kg, by virtue of having obtained their car licences before 1997, so-called “grandfather rights”.

Renewal of these licences, and the corresponding D1 licence for minibus drivers, requires the same D4 medical as for Cat C and C+E. However, the DVLA rules specifically exclude the suspension of the D4 requirement in this situation. This issue only applies to drivers with the acquired entitlement, and not to those drivers having passed a test in a C1 or D1 vehicle.

As the affected drivers still require a D4 medical, which is virtually unobtainable as GPs are not carrying out examinations and the specialist medical providers have effectively shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, they appear to be a small but significant group stuck in the middle who will be unable to renew their licences until the availability of D4 medical reports is restored.

CM has contacted DVLA, whose spokesman confirmed that our understanding of the situation is correct, and there are no plans to change the rules.


How to drive in Formula One (race truck)

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Ever dreamed of being a racing driver? Well, Volvo Used Truck Centres are offering you a chance, of sorts.

A fleet of 24 Volvo FH 4x2 tractor units previously run by the McLaren Racing Formula One team is up for sale. The 18-plate trucks have been working as part of the F1 circus for the Woking-based team, transporting the team’s racing cars and equipment as part of the European rounds of the championship.

The metallic silver trucks will each come with an official certificate of authenticity as well as a wealth of McLaren Racing merchandise including a cap signed by McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

As for the trucks themselves, they get an exclusive McLaren Racing badge in the cab and have been specified with Volvo’s D13K engine producing 540hp and 2,600Nm of torque. The left-hand-drive units are also equipped with an I-Shift transmission and have I-See predictive cruise control. There’s a choice of two different chassis heights with X-Low or Medium and the trucks have a range of mileages on the clock from 30,000km to 60,000km.

Carl White, national sales and brand manager at Volvo Used Trucks, said: “These are very special vehicles and we’re expecting a lot of interest from owner-drivers and fleets doing mostly continental work. So far as specifications go, they’ve got pretty much every option on them factory fitted, including refrigerators, microwaves and luxury leather interiors. What’s more, they have been maintained in showroom condition by McLaren Racing, and with all servicing work carried out within the Volvo Trucks dealer network.”

The trucks are available through Volvo’s 14 Used Truck Centres and are backed up by Volvo’s Selected warranty which includes 24-months driveline cover that can be extended to 36-months of European back-up.

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