Can I drive a Luton van on a B licence?

If you need a van rental hire, you might assume that it will require you to have a special type of licence in order to do so. For certain types of vans that might be the case. However, for a Luton van, all you will need is your normal, full Category B car driving licence. In this guide, we’ll be exploring why you’re able to drive a Luton van with a B licence. As well as other important information you should know before hiring a Luton van.

Driving a Luton van on a B licence

Official guidance states a person can drive a van up to a weight of 3.5 tonnes if they have a standard car licence and passed their driving test after 1st January 1997. Those who passed their driving test before 1st January 1997 can legally drive a van up to 7.5 tonnes in weight. Luton vans typically weigh 3.5 tonnes, so anyone with a B driving licence can drive this size van or smaller, no matter when you passed your test.

What can you do with Category B?

Let’s take a closer look at what else category B entitlement means for drivers:

On or after 1st January 1997

  • They can drive a minibus with a maximum of 8 passenger seats up to 3.5 tonnes in weight.
  • They can tow a 750kg trailer as long as the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer doesn’t exceed 3.5 tonnes.
  • They arepermitted to ride 15KW motor tricycles.

Before 1st January 1997

Those who passed their test prior to the start of January 1997, can do all the above and the combined GVW is a significantly heavier 8,250kg.

What you need to know about driving a Luton van

If you haven’t driven a Luton van before, it might take some getting used to compared to driving a car. This is because the van is significantly bigger and longer than any car and won’t have a rear-view mirror. Before driving off in a Luton van for the first time, it is beneficial to:

  • Familiarise yourself with all the controls, their positions, and how to use them. Especially your lights and windscreen wipers.
  • Make sure you know the dimensions of the van, particularly if you’ll be parking in a car park, going under a bridge, or driving down a road with restricted access. Top tip – be prepared to take the corners wide.
  • Give yourself time to adjust to your new seating position and posture in the driver’s seat, as it will be different from a car.
  • Take some time to try your brakes when the van is empty as they will be sharper and more instant.
  • Check your mirrors are set correctly so you can see the entire road around you. You will be relying on them to see to the side of you and behind you when you’re driving.
  • Plan your route properly so you don’t have to worry about getting lost whilst you’re in a different style of vehicle that you aren’t used to.

What are the benefits of driving a Luton van?

Now that you know you can drive a Luton van on a B licence, here are some reasons why you should:

  • Luton vans have come a long way from where they started. The modern vans of today are comfortable and will securely take your goods to their new destination.
  • You get a lot of space in a Luton van. If you’re organised enough with your packing, you could easily fit the contents of a 2-bedroom flat in the back all in one go (if it doesn’t exceed the weight limit).
  • Unlike other types of vans, you can drive a Luton with your normal driving licence. Therefore, you can get most of the benefits of using a small lorry without having the hassle of taking additional tests and adhering to more requirements.


In summary, yes you can drive a Luton van with a B licence as with a normal driving licence you can drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes in weight according to UK driving regulations.

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