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Laden weight rules for practical tests come into force today

  • 15 November 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Learner drivers must now bring laden vehicles to test, as new rules from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) come into force today (15 November).

Drivers taking their category C, C + E, or C1+ E practical tests must now use vehicles carrying a minimum weight during the examination and must also comply with the agency’s minimum load requirements.

Examiners expect minimum vehicle weight to be reached using bagged aggregates of equal weights over 10kg each, or water in clear plastic intermediate bulk containers  (IBCs).

DSA and Vosa chief executive Alastair Peoples said: “From today these tests become more realistic as they assess drivers driving loaded vehicles and trailers.

“This benefits road safety and responds to industry calls for training and testing to better prepare drivers for the reality of driving heavier vehicles once they pass.”

The rules also apply for Driver CPC periodic training, the DSA said.

The minimum vehicle weights and load requirements for the different categories are as follows;

  • Category C vehicles- minimum real weight of 10,000kg, with a minimum load requirement of five 1,000 litre IBCs.
  • Category C+E drawbar vehicles- minimum real weight of 10,000kg for LGV and 5,000kg for trailer, with a minimum load requirement of five 1,000 litre IBCs for the truck and three 1,000 litre IBCs for the trailer.
  • Category C+E artic- minimum real weight of 15,000kg, with a minimum load requirement of eight 1,000 litre IBCs.
  • Category C1+E trailer- minimum real weight of 800kg, with a minimum load requirement of 600kg of aggregates or one 1,000kg or 600kg IBC filled with water.

Changes to practical LGV tests to allow vehicles with automatic gearboxes to be used will also come into force in January.


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