The vehicle categories
You should submit your request to the competent authority of the state where you have your normal residence. Your original licence will be exchanged at the time of obtaining the new category.
In case an old licence is exchanged for a new one or in the event of a duplicate being issued (in the event of loss or deterioration), the categories validated on the new model are identical with on the old ones. You are entitled to drive exactly the same categories of vehicles as before.
The category B driving licence is sufficient if the maximum authorized mass (MAM) of the combination does not exceed 3500 kg and if the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the tractor vehicle.
A B+E driving licence is required if the combined MAM exceeds 3500 kg or if the MAM of the trailer exceeds the unladen mass of the tractor vehicle.
The following table gives some examples of the kind of driving licence requested in different situations:
For category A1, Directive 91/439/EEC stipulates that Member States can impose additional restrictive standards.
Member States may grant this entitlement but it is valid on national territory only.
Directive 91/439/EEC establishes the possibility for the Member States to grant certain equivalences, such as, for example, the right to drive light motorcycles with a category B licence. However, if a state has granted such equivalences, its effects are limited to the national territory. They do not have to be recognised in other Member States.
Normally, two years prior experience is required to drive a heavy motorcycle. However, this may not be required if the candidate is at least 21 years old, subject to the candidate's passing a specific test of skills and behaviour (Member States are free to decide whether they wish to grant this so-called "direct access").
|last update: 03-02-2009|