Agricultural tractors require a category F licence to drive on the public road. Category B (car) licence holders automatically have category F entitlement. To drive track-laying vehicles, including tractors, on the public road requires the category H entitlement.
You can hold a category F licence from age 16. 16-year-olds may only drive tractors up to 2.45 metres wide, and tow trailers up to 2.45 metres wide and with 2 wheels, or 4 close-coupled wheels. From age 17 these restrictions do not apply.
Category F licence only applies to tractors used primarily for agriculture or forestry. Therefore, if you wish to drive a tractor that is not used primarily for agriculture or forestry, you need to hold a goods vehicle licence. That is category C1E for combinations with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) up to 12 tonnes (8.25 tonnes if licence was obtained before 1997) and CE for combinations with MAM over 7.5 tonnes (8.25 tonnes for pre-1997 licences).
Other, non-tractor agricultural motor vehicles require a category B licence, and you must also be over 21 years old to drive these.
Summary of minimum ages to drive agricultural vehicles:
- age 16 (via F category): tractors up to 2.45 metres wide, towing trailers up to 2.45 metres wide and with 2 wheels, or 4 close-coupled wheels
- age 17 to 20: all tractors, subject to holding relevant entitlement
- age 21+: all tractors and non-tractor agricultural motor vehicles, subject to holding relevant entitlement
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