New UK Proposal: New Drivers Could Drive 7.5-Tonne Lorries Without Special Licence


Proposed Law Change

A senior Tory is pushing for new drivers to be able to drive 7.5-tonne lorries and minibuses without a special licence, aiming to cut costs and boost economic growth.

Challenging Current Requirements

The proposal challenges the current need for a C1 licence for 3.5-7.5t vehicles and a D1 licence for minibuses, suggesting a return to pre-1997 rules.

Potential Benefits

The change could help community transport and businesses by reducing barriers and costs, with some safety restrictions still possible.

Support and Concerns

The Community Transport Association supports the initiative, citing potential benefits for services and driver recruitment, but without government backing, the proposal may face challenges.

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