Can I Drive a Motorhome?

A question we seem to be getting a lot is, Can I Drive a Motorhome? The quick answer is yes, providing you have a Full UK driving licence, However…

Our next questions would be, when did you pass your driving test? We can then work out which Motorhomes or Campervans you are eligible to drive.

If you passed your driving test before January 1st 1997 then you will have automatically qualified to drive certain categories of vehicle. Those who passed after that date are not so lucky.

Those of us who passed our driving test after 01/01/1997 will qualify to drive category B vehicles. Meaning you can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg MAM (maximum authorised mass) with up to 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg).

This means the total maximum weight of the vehicle, its contents, passengers and trailer with contents (if applicable) cannot exceed 3,500kg.

What Is Maximum Authorised Mass?

The term maximum authorised mass (MAM), used in the context of driving, is the gross maximum weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely while used on the road. Also known as gross vehicle weight (GVW) or permissible maximum weight.

  • To drive a motorhome with a MAM of up to 3.5 tonnes, you need a category B licence
  • For a motorhome with a MAM of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you need a category C1 licence
  • To drive a motorhome with a MAM of over 7.5 tonnes, you need a category C licence

More information on this can be found on the government website.

Can I Drive a Motorhome From Indigo Campers

All of the vehicles we offer in the UK and Europe have a total permissible weight of 3500kg. Effectively it is like driving a van with some beds and a cooker in the back. So no matter when you passed your test, providing you have category B listed on your licence then you can drive any of our motorhomes.

If you have any other questions regarding hiring a motorhome you can visit our FAQs page. If your query isn’t listed then please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help!