On the back of every driver’s license there are numerous categories which the holder may be entitled to drive, these are usually clearly marked. There are categories which a driver is entitled to drive depending on age, whilst others depend on having successfully passed the relevant test in addition to being of a certain minimum age.
Certain vehicles can be driven from the age of 16, whilst others require the driver to be of a minimum age of 21 years.
Vehicles which can be driven from the age of 16:
Scooters up to 50cc
Mowing Machine or pedestrian controlled vehicle.
Those receiving disability allowances at the high rate (mobility component) may drive the following category as from the age of 16, but only under these special circumstances. Motor Tricycles, Quads, three and four wheel vehicles with an unladen weight of not exceeding 550KG.
Vehicles which can be driven from the age of 17:
Motor Tricycles, Quads, three and four wheel vehicles with an unladen weight of not exceeding 550KG
Motor vehicles up to 3.5t, vehicles with no more than 8 passenger seats with or without trailer with a maximum weight of 750kg
Same as above but with automatic transmission
Vehicles which can be driven from the age of 18:
Vehicles weighing between 3.5t and 7.5t with a trailer weighing no more than 750kg
Vehicles which can be driven from the age of 21:
Same as above but with trailer weighing more than 750kg with a combined weight of up to 12t.
As from January 19th, there will be a new system of categories as well as minimum ages which will be introduced, these will apply for numerous categories, as well as revising the minimum age in which a driver is entitled to drive certain vehicles, there are new categories being introduced throughout numerous age groups such as 16, 17, 18, 21 and 24 year olds. These changes will only apply to those taking or wishing to take their driving test after January 19th 2013, those who are current license holders and have the entitlement to drive categories which are being revised, will continue to have that entitlement and will remain unaffected by the current changes taking place. These forthcoming changes will apply to a wide group of categories ranging from scooters, motorcycles, vans, Lorries and trucks.
Certain categories which carry age restrictions such as 18 or 21 years of age, don’t apply for those training in the armed forces in which case they are entitled to learn to drive and take the relevant test from the age of 17, this applies to vehicles as well as to trailer sizes and weight restriction of trailers.