What's 'Grandfather Rights'
During the 1980's and 1990's Countries in The EU adopted harmonised driving licence categories.
The change which is of main concern to motorhome drivers was the entitlement gained by passing a car driving test.
Prior to the changes being adopted here, effective from 13th. November 1989, passing a car driving test entitled the driver to drive vehicles up to 7,500kg GVW.
However, after the change was adopted passing a driving test in a car only entitled the
driver to drive vehicles up to 3,500kg GVW.
Drivers who on 12th. November 1989 held a car licence were, under what are commonly referred to as grandfather rights, entitled to maintain their right to drive vehicles up to 7,500kg GVW.
falling into the 3,501kg and 7,500kg GVW range are those classed as C1 on current licences. Drivers wishing to maintain that category on their deiving licence are required to succesfully pass a medical examination at renewal time.
There is significant
anecdotal reports that many who had the entitlement to a C1 category licence have lost it due to their failure to re-apply for its renewal in the past.
However, under the rule that a driving licence may be renewed up to 10 years after its expiry
date, if it is less than 10 years since the C1 category expired it may be added back on, subject to passing the required medical examination and without the need to undertake a driving test