What are the Licence Requirments?

Myself and 3 friends are looking into building a non commercial Diesel tandem axle truck, and towing a remodelled 63 foot moving trailer, which we would like to make into a recreational vehicle that we can haul our show cars around to events in Canada and USA. So we would like to know what is the license requirements to operate this type of unit? The whole GVW of the trailer might be 23,000 kgs finished and with 4 cars stacked in it.

Answer

Commercial or RV, as soon as you end up having more than one drive axle on your vehicle the usual BC class 5 driver's licence is not sufficient. If you had a single drive axle, a heavy trailer endorsement on your class 5 would have gotten you by.

(c) Class 7 licence, subject to the applicable conditions and restrictions under sections 30.072, 30.10 (4) and 30.11 (1), permits operation of

(i) a 2 axle motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, but does not include a bus, school bus, special activity bus, special vehicle, taxi or ambulance, when used for its purpose as intended by design,

(ii) a 2 axle motor vehicle or 2 axle tow car with towed vehicles if the towed vehicles in that combination do not exceed 4 600 kg,

(iii) a motor home or motor home with towed vehicles if the towed vehicles in that combination do not exceed 4 600 kg,

(iv) a limited speed motorcycle, all terrain vehicle, all terrain cycle or utility vehicle,

(v) a construction vehicle, or (vi) despite subparagraph (i), a school bus that

(A) is a passenger vehicle as defined in section 11.01 (1), and

(B) has a seating capacity of not more than 10 passengers including the driver;

A class 5 driver's licence is the same as a class 7 only there are no restrictions from the Graduated Licensing Program attached to it.

(k) Class 3 licence permits operation of

(i) a motor vehicle or combination of vehicles for which a Class 5 licence is required,

(ii) a motor vehicle with 3 or more axles other than a bus when used for its purpose as intended by design,

(iii) a tow car and its recovered vehicle,

(iv) a mobile truck crane,

(v) a combination of vehicles if the towed vehicles in that combination do not exceed 4 600 kg, or

(vi) a combination of vehicles without air brakes if the towed vehicles exceed 4 600 kg;

It would appear that you would need at least a class 3 driver's licence with an air brake endorsement if the combination has air brakes.

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