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I posted something about this earlier but cant find it now. However , after undertaking the required medical and physical assessments DVLA required a Stress ECG assessment presumably as i had a stroke in 2015. Having started this process last November my new licence with all my previous driving entitlements arrived yesterday 5months later. Delighted to say the new licence is for 3 years. Came 3 months after my 70th. Little hint..I kept phoning every month then mentioned I was due to sail to Europe in 6weeks time and you cant drive legally in R of Ireland without a physical UK licence. It then arrived 5 days later!!..So if you need a C1 licence at 70..start the process as early as possible..if you have medical history or an event get as fit as you can for the stress testing. OR..change your vehicle to one not more than 3500kg!
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Ya license lasts three years but you’re c1 has to be done every year, did mine again a couple of months ago. I phoned dvla as I thought it lasted three years the car bit does but not ya c1 bit.
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I checked on the DVLA website where you can view your licence entitlements and it shows all the categories listed on your licence and the dates it lasts. Mine states categorically my C1 expires in 2022..so 3 years not 1 year.
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I was only going by the fact I turned 70 last year and had to have a medical then dvla sent me a reminder form in feb this year telling me i had to apply again this year if I wanted to keep my c1 entitlements, which I did the saga was posted on the forum as my medical got cancelled and had to be rebooked for the 7th March and being fit as a butchers dog I passed with flying colours lol. When I got the form from dvla I did ring and query the fact I had done it the previous year and got told I had to do it again this year. Might just be the buggers did it to wind me up will see what happens next February. I am not disagreeing with nick just saying what happened to me.
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Thats fine and I'm guessing the difference may be down to medical history and results of the stress ecg. I'm clear of any issue that might cause annual reassessment... at least I am at present!! Fingers xd DVLA dont change their minds as I need 3 years to pay off the mhome loan!! Then I'll be downsizing! Good job you're fit. Dont think I could do it every year
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And for the Bear..I'm too weary of fighting. Never won one except perhaps the DVLA procedures. I did enlist the support of a local consultant cardiologist to send reports of his assessments of my ecg etc. May have helped
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I didn’t have a ecg rick and no history of any illness except I’m on 2.5 mg of lesinoprill one a day for slightly high blood pressure so really don’t know what it was all about. Still I might well down size next year so they can bugger of, just means I won’t be able to drive our 7.5 tonne race lorry any more but that wouldn’t be a problem as my mate can drive it anyway.
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Sounds strange if you didnt have a stress ecg. Makes little sense to put you on annual assessment without one. What tests did you have?
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Just took blood pressure did eye test reflexes balance listened to my chest and back all the usual things, the doctor thought I was 62 so I said he could go on my Xmas card list lol.😂
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Now I'm even more confused. The medical and eye assessments were just the start for me. Then the stress ecg required me to walk on a treadmill for 9 mins..speeding up and raising the incline every 3 mins. Not easy when walking is difficult. Then an ultrasound heart scan to establish my heart health. Passed all but glad I dont have to repeat it all every year. Clearly everyone's circumstances are individual to them. Downsizing is sensible but not preferred!
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Well, that would be me stuffed. No way could I do a treadmill test at the moment. How is that relevant to one's ability to drive? I don't have to do such a test to retain my car licence past 70, do I? I'm not wanting to drive a 40 tonne juggernaut.
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No. Renewing an ordinary car licence is more likely to be straightforward and can be done online about 2 months before you reach 70. The tests are for C1 licence holders..folk who want to drive a light goods vehicle over 3.5 - up to 7.5 tons.
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Just as a matter of interest after reading this, I found this post on "Practical Motorhome"

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YES IT CAN!!!! I have just done it and am 74. You need a medical first and as per my tip elsewhere on the Forum, I recommend you use the excellent services of http://www.doctorsonwheels.com who will charge you £51, and you then have an agreed rendezvous point near you where they come with a doctor and an assistant in a kind of motorcaravan-cum-surgery and they talk you through all the form filling. You will need to take your latest specs prescription plus any other medical documents you may have relevant to any medical conditions. For me it took 15 mins. They checked my blood pressure and were very satisfied at 140/74. They fill in the forms and you send them off to DVLA (no fee required) and in about 10 days you get your full licence back. Most GPs charge rather more than £51. I recently heard of a similar outfit who charge £58.
Unless you have a cardiac/severe sight/diabetic condition it is not likely you will encounter any difficulty. The new licence will last for three years. It will be a plastic one and you will need to send your old plastic one with a photo if the one you have is no longer a true representation. And just to finish off, I also recently re-graded my motorhome to 3.8 tonnes after discovering that at 3.5 tonnes it had been classified as a diesel car and because of its emissions was costing me £500 a year in car tax....now I am back to Private HGV status costing just £165per annum. Massive thanks to SVTech for their help in getting all of this accomplished. Suggest you check out their website. Loads of useful info.

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No. Renewing an ordinary car licence is more likely to be straightforward and can be done online about 2 months before you reach 70. The tests are for C1 licence holders..folk who want to drive a light goods vehicle over 3.5 - up to 7.5 tons.


What I'm saying is........driving a MH is little different to driving a car, in terms of physical and mental workload, whereas driving an artic has extra demands. It seems wrong that, if you have a leg problem as I have at the moment, |I can be allowed to drive my car but be deprived of my licence to drive my 3850kg MH. I guess I'd have to down plate it to 3500 and leave some of my stuff at home. 350kg is no difference to the vehicle in real terms, but is a shedload of payload.

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We do seem to be saddled with some antiquated laws and measurements nowadays. New vans are so  much easier to drive for a start, the new standard weigh limit could easily be extended to 4 or even 5 tons on more or less the same chassis for some makes with changes to suspension and brakes, the will needs to be there though and it isn't, so we have to fart about with SV tech etc, then the DVLA to change classification, then eventually to be allowed to drive something the day before your birthday was quite legal.


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My feelings exactly but eventually the law is the law . Not much chance we could change it. Curious about downplating though can't see how I could save 250kg in payload. Incidentally the treadmill test is probably only for folk with a heart or stroke condition
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The law is easy to change all you need is to lobby your MP with sound facts and a reasonable argument for changes, they then lobby their colleagues, and hopefully get enough support to raise it in the house.
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