What driving licence do you need to drive a van?

When it comes to hiring a van in the UK, understanding the driving licence requirements is crucial. Different types of vans are available for hire, ranging from small vans for city errands to larger Luton vans for house moves. To ensure a smooth rental experience and comply with legal regulations, it’s essential to know which driving licence you need for each type of van. In this guide, we’ll break down the various van categories we offer at Edmonton Van Hire and the corresponding licence requirements.

  1. Small vans

    Small vans, also known as compact vans, are the ideal choice for individuals or small businesses looking to transport goods within the city. These vans are easy to manoeuvre and park, making them perfect for tight urban spaces.

    Driving licence requirement

    You can drive a small van with a standard Category B driving licence. This is the most common driving licence and allows you to operate vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of up to 3,500 kilograms (3.5 tonnes).

  2. Short wheelbase vans

    Short wheelbase vans provide a bit more cargo space compared to small vans, making them suitable for medium-sized loads or when you need to transport bulkier items. They strike a balance between manoeuvrability and cargo capacity.

    Driving licence requirement

    To drive a short wheelbase van, you also only need a standard Category B driving licence, as long as the van’s GVW remains under 3.5 tonnes.

  3. Long wheelbase vans

    Long wheelbase vans are a step up in terms of cargo capacity. They are a great choice when you have larger loads or need to transport longer items like furniture or construction materials.

    Driving licence requirement

    You can drive a long wheelbase van with a Category B driving licence, provided the GVW does not exceed 3.5 tonnes. Most long wheelbase vans fall within this weight limit.

  4. Luton vans

    Luton vans are the heavyweights of the van hire world, offering substantial cargo space and a distinctive over-the-cab storage area. They are often used for house moves and transporting bulky items.

    Driving licence requirement

    Here’s the good news: Luton vans can also be driven with a standard Category B driving licence, as their GVW is unlikely to exceed 3.5 tonnes. This is because, despite their larger size, Luton vans are designed to carry bulky items that take up space, rather than heavy ones.

Important tips for van hire

  • Check the Gross Vehicle Weight

    Always inquire about the van’s Gross Vehicle Weight when hiring. This will determine which licence you need.

  • Insurance

    Make sure you have the appropriate insurance coverage for the type of van you’re renting. This is crucial in case of accidents or damage during your rental period.

  • Loading and securing

    Familiarise yourself with proper loading and securing techniques to ensure your cargo is safe during transit.

  • Fuel efficiency

    Consider the fuel efficiency of the van, especially for long journeys, to save on costs.

  • Reservations

    It’s advisable to book your van comfortably in advance, especially during peak moving seasons, to ensure availability.

  • Driving comfort

    Take a moment to get accustomed to the van’s size and handling before hitting the road, especially if you’re not used to driving larger vehicles.

Hiring a van in the UK is a convenient solution for various transportation needs, but understanding the driving licence requirements for different van types is crucial to ensure safety and compliance with the law. Whether you need a small van for local deliveries or a Luton van for a big move, knowing the licensing requirements will help you make the right choice and enjoy a trouble-free rental experience. For further assistance and to hire the van you require, give our team a call on 0203 576 1060.