Motorhome based on Mercedes Sprinter

Started by: priscus (inactive)

Can anyone tell me if this is a group 'B' (B1) vehicle, ie qualifies to be driven on a car licence?

Spec states - Gross Vehicle Weight 3.5 tonnes

Which is right on the limit for group B!

DVLA website states up to 3,500 kg, and I kinda assume this is interpreted as up to and including, rather than up to but excluding. But I know from experience, it is never safe to assume anything where DVLA are concerned.

Guess I need to write to DVLA, and get written confirmation with respect to this, but figured one of you may know the answer.

Being an over 70's driver means renewal of licence every three years, and I have lost my group 'C' entitlement, which is withdrawn automatically at 70+ if you renew by returning their form rather than employ the route requiring submission of medical report.

That is fair enough. I do not want to be driving big heavy stuff in my declining years, and generally size of campervan which I might drive is going to be less than 3,500 kg.

Then, I find a nice Merc, which is bang-on the limit!

Started: 6th Dec 2018 at 11:34

Posted by: tonker (25569) 

Yes. You can drive a Sprinter van on an ordinary licence.
It's gross weight might be 3500kg, but that's it's kerb weight plus load.
If it's converted into a camper van, it's never going to exceed 3500kg. Go off it's kerb weight! (it might be about 2000kg?)

Replied: 6th Dec 2018 at 18:09

Posted by: bambam (2567)

You impress me tonker I have read a lot of your posts and you seem to be quite an educated chap, keep up the good work pal

Replied: 6th Dec 2018 at 23:14

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Thanks for info, tonker.

Replied: 7th Dec 2018 at 13:14


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