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3.5 tonnes

3.5t / 3.5 tonne

The maximum laden (loaded) weight of most larger vans. This includes the weight of the van and the weight of all your stuff. 3.5 tonnes is equal to 3500kg.

All vans up to this weight can be driven with a standard car license.


Four-wheel drive, 4WD, or 4x4 (four by four) is a four-wheeled vehicle with a drivetrain that allows all four wheels to receive torque from the engine simultaneously. While many people associate the term with off-road vehicles, powering all four wheels provides better control in normal road cars on many surfaces.

7.5 tonnes

7.5t / 7.5 tonne

The maximum laden (loaded) weight of the small lorries some rental companies offer. These require Category C1 on your driving license. If you passed your car test before 01/01/1997 you should have this on your licence, but if you have passed since then you will need to take an additional category C1 test to drive vehicles with a maximum laden weight over 3.5 tonnes.

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