My understanding is that newer licenses don't have all the categories to use the tillies and so you need to get re-examined for that, was wondering if (as it is part of your RN job) you can get it don't through the RN as the Army do for heavy goods vehicles etc.
Good point. If you've passed in the last few years there are restrictions on what you can drive. You can't drive a mini-bus for example. If you need it for your job then you should be able to get yourself on a course, speak to your DO. It's a lot harder to get on any pussers driving courses unless your PQ No demands it nowadays.
The issue is the D1 category driving licence which permits you to drive a vehicle that seats over 8 passengers, but less than 18.
I think (standing by to be corrected!) that anyone passing their driving test before January 1997 is qualified D1, all those after this date need to take an additional test.
There used to be a driving course available through HMNB Portsmouth MT Section, subject to your unit agreeing to fund the 5 day course & test. Whether that is still the case is open to lively conjecture, no doubt!
If you check DVLA site you will find that the rules are now that anyone who passed their test after Jan 97, can drive a tilly provided they are over 21 and have been driving for 2 years. The limit on the tilly is < 16 seats, and 3.5T.
It's the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield, East Yorkshire. They drive all round these parts but as far as I am aware they only do category C (called Class 2 in the old days - >7.5 tonnes rigid) and C+E (Class 1 articulated/trailer). Never seen any pongos in D or D1 but I know they do those somewhere.
At our unit the only people with D1 are those with pre-1997 "grandfathers' rights" and those who've done Cat D for their work (driving buses) and D1 comes free.
Tillies will die out eventually - the one at our place has now gone.
Used to be a local MOD driving permit for people who would be likely to be driving pussers vehicles .
You still needed a DVLA driving licence and the Permit was issued after a short test given by the civvy in charge of the transport section. It was valid for 2 years at the place issued only .
Other than that --the transport was supplied with a driver!!!!
Wasn' this the place where the "pass fee" was forty blue liners? I did hear ( maybe apocryphal) that you did'nt necessarily have to get into the vehicle to pass, but that may be a foul slander on the civvy instructors.