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Group 2 Licence

Introduction
Group 2 Licenses come under the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999.

'Group 2 licence' means a licence in so far as it authorises its holder to drive classes of motor vehicle included in categories:

The following is an overview of the Group 2 licence.

Group 2 Licences

Entitlements of group 2 licence holders, qualified before 1 June 1990

Holders of the old hgv class 1 licence may continue to drive all types of goods vehicles, including large rigid and drawbar combinations. An hgv 1 licence holder's updated licence will show categories C and C plus E with no restrictions.

Hgv class 2 and 3 licences were merged on 1 June 1990 when the community model unified licence was introduced. As a result holders of both licences gained identical entitlements and the replacement issued will show entitlements in categories C and C plus E (category restriction 102).
This means the holder may drive drawbar combinations only and not articulated tractor/trailer combinations.

Entitlements of group 2 licence holders, issued with community model licences

Holders of old hgv licences who have received a replacement licence since June 1990 and drivers who have passed an lgv test since April 1991 will have licences showing one or more of the following category entitlements:

Other LGV Entitlements

Vehicles on tow - It is generally considered that someone sitting at the wheel of a vehicle being towed and exercising control over that vehicle by steering it etc, must hold a driving licence with the appropriate entitlement.

Solo tractor units - A tractor unit being used without a semi-trailer attached can be driven by a driver who holds a category C entitlement, a C plus E licence is only required when actually pulling a trailer.

Large passenger carrying vehicles - Previous concessions for hgv/lgv licence holders to drive pcvs have been significantly reduced. A person who has held a full category C entitlement for at least two years may drive a vehicle in category D but only if it is damaged or defective and is being driven to a place of repair, or road tested following repair or inspection and provided it is not carrying anyone unconnected with such work.

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Driving licence code definitions - Current issue driving licences frequently show various codes alongside a driver's entitlement. The most common include the following:

Medical - Eyesight The following tables show indicate the visual acuity required to drive Group 2 category vehicles.

Item Person holding Group 2 licence or obsolete vocational licence on Standard of visual acuity applicable
1. 1 January 1983 and 1 April 1991 Acuity (with the aid of corrective lenses if necessary) of at least 6/12 in the better eye or at least 6/36 in the worse eye or uncorrected acuity of at least 3/60 in at least one eye.
2. 1 March 1992, but not on 1 January 1983 Acuity (with the aid of corrective lenses if necessary) of at least 6/9 in the better eye or at least 6/12 in the worse eye, or uncorrected acuity of at least 3/60 in at least one eye.

Item Person holding Group 2 licence on Standard of visual acuity applicable
1. 31 December 1996, but not on 1 March 1992 Acuity (with the aid of corrective lenses if necessary) of at least 6/9 in the better eye and at least 6/12 in the worse eye and, if corrective lenses are needed to meet that standard, uncorrected acuity of at least 3/60 in at least one eye.
2. On or after 1 January 1997 but not on 31/12/96 Acuity (with the aid of corrective lenses if necessary) of at least 6/9 in the better eye and at least 6/12 in the worse eyeand, if corrective lenses are needed to meet that standard, uncorrected acuity of at least 3/60 in both eyes.

Medical tests are required for Group 2 licence holders on application for or renewal of licence.

Defective Eyesight (Section 96 Road Traffic Act 1988 - level 3 fine - summary offence) - It is an offence for a person with uncorrected defective eyesight to drive a motor vehicle on a road.

Police Power (Section 96(3) Road Traffic Act 1988 - level 3 fine - summary offence) - A Police constable having reason to suspect that a person driving a motor vehicle may be guilty of an offence of driving with uncorrected defective eyesight may require him to submit to a test. It is an offence for a person to refuse to submit to such a test.

Requirements (Regulation 72 Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999) - In good daylight to read, with the aid of corrective lenses if worn, a motor vehicle number plate of the prescribed size:

Character height Character width Distance ( metres)
79 millimetres
79 millimetres
57 millimetres
50 millimetres
20.5 metres
20.0 metres

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