Club Seeks Answer from Government

The Camping and Caravanning Club has urged the government to review its driving licence documentation for caravanners and motorhome drivers.

Director General Robert Louden has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, asking for a review of the Directgov resources with a view to reducing the document count, allowing easier navigation and removing ambiguity.

Driving licence questions are dealt with by the Club’s Technical Department and a large proportion of queries are about licensing requirements, especially for the over 70s and members who have passed their driving test after January 1, 1997.

Louden said: “We often tend to pass our driving test and then forget about our licence but with several changes to entitlements over the years, it is now more important than ever that those who tow or drive heavier vehicles check their licence to ensure they are qualified to drive their unit.

“Often the members who contact us have tried to find information from DVLA sources but have failed or given up due to the complexities involved.

“We hope the Secretary of State for Transport takes our comments on board and looks to improve the situation,” he added.

“We look forward to his response and hope we can work together on this.”

An article on driving licence requirements for caravanners and motorhome owners will appear in the January edition of the Club’s Camping & Caravanning magazine, which has a circulation of over 250,000 copies.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 108 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Forest Holidays Caravan & Camping Touring Sites.
  2. www.newtocamping.co.uk was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
  3. National awards include:
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Delamere Forest Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Corfe Castle Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Oban Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Chipping Norton (Silver)
  • Practical Motorhome 2010 Top 50 Sites Regional Winner – Hereford Club Site
  • Caravan/Motor Caravan 2010 Top 101 Sites Winner – Sandringham Club Site
  • AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)

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