Van Legislation Guide: Can I Drive a Van?

Last updated by on January 18th, 2016

There are different ages you need to be to legally drive different types of vehicles, and vans are no different.

Unfortunately, where the age to drive a car or motorbike is quite easy to define, the age at which you can drive different types of vans are not.

Here, we try to make van-driving ages a little clearer.

Light commercial vehicles

In the UK, if you hold a Full UK driving licence you drive a Category B vehicle.

A Category B vehicle is a van that weighs up to 3500kgs (3.5 tonnes) and is usually classified as a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV).

LCVs are the normal kind of vans you see on UK roads, like the Ford Transit or the Mercedes Sprinter, for example.

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A minibus is classified as a van that seats between nine and 16 passengers.

You can drive a minibus with passengers in it from the age of 21. You can however drive a minibus at the age of 18 if there are no passengers on board.

Vehicles weighing over 3500kgs

You can drive a large vehicle that weighs more than 3500kgs (3.5 tonnes) if you are aged 21 or over.

You can drive vehicles weighing over 3500kg (3.5 tonnes) from the age of 18 if you have a Full UK driving licence and have passed a Driver Certificate of Competence (CPC) qualification.

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