Licence Restrictions on Hire Motorhomes

Licence Restrictions on Hire Motorhomes

by Scottish Tourer November 30, 2011

While the exact terms and conditions of motorhome hire companies will vary between different vehicles and rental offices, the basic motorhome restrictions tend to stay the same for those wishing to rent a motorhome in the UK.

The following information will apply in most cases:

  • Age: Usually 25-70

  • Mileage Restrictions: Check with your motorhome Hire company as some operated on an unlimited mileage whilst others do not. At Scottish Tourer, we allow unlimited mileage when travelling in Scotland

  • Overseas Use: Most motorhome hire companies in Scotland allow their vehicles to be taken into mainland Europe. This normally requires prior arrangement, may require an additional deposit or daily fee and is almost always restricted to Western Europe. Your motorhome rental company may also assist with any ferry bookings required.

  • Driving Licence requirements: Most motorhomes available for hire have a maximum gross weight of 3.5 tonnes or less. All such motorhomes can be driven with a standard UK car (category B) licence – or its international equivalent (drivers from outside the EU will require an International Driving Licence).


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Bessacarr Motorhome - 8 meters long and 3900Kg

Can I drive all types of motorhomes on my standard license?

A few of the larger motorhomes have a maximum permitted weight of between 3.5t and 7.5t – these require a UK category C1 driving licence.

UK drivers who passed their test before 01/01/1997 will automatically have this entitlement; drivers who passed their car test after 01/01/1997 do not have C1 entitlement and must take a separate test to drive vehicles in this category.

Very few rental motorhomes fall into this category and those that do are normally clearly indicated in hire quotations. Our Bessacarr is 8 meters long and 3900 kg, and therefore a C1 licence is essential. 

For official information on driving a motorhome with a UK driving licences, contact the DVLA. They can answer all questions regarding driving motorhomes in Scotland and the UK.

Bedroom in Besscarrbessacarr lounge area

Motorhome hire from Scottish Tourer

As with most hire vehicles, the motorhome available for hire from Scottish Tourer are fully-serviced, with full fuel tanks, empty waste tanks and clean and functional appliances.

Our customers are normally expected to return motorhomes in a similar condition and any failure to do this may incur penalty charges.

To find out more about hiring a campervan or motorhome from Scottish Tourer, please contact us today. 

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