Is it legal to drive a tank on the road?

Although drivers are spoilt for choice when choosing their vehicles these days, some enthusiasts still want to try new experiences on the roads and drive eye-catching forms of transport.

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Some build their own wacky races contributions such as motorised bedsteads, sofas and wardrobes which are all legal on the roads.

What about a tank?

So, what if you want something to turn heads on your trip to the supermarket or down to your local?

Could you take a tank onto the wide expanses of the highways and byways of the UK feeling the tarmac and concrete that a Concrete Tewkesbury company has laid under your caterpillar tracks? Surprisingly, the answer is yes!

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If you are in the market for a former Ministry of Defence vehicle, including Chieftain tanks for around £50,000, you will find specialist dealers in the UK. Cheaper tank options are available!

Once you have your vehicle, how about taking it for a spin legally?

L plates

When it comes to registering your new runaround you will encounter a bit of red tape associated with width and weight regulations for road vehicles and these are not insurmountable, but time-consuming.

Once this is out of the way you will need the appropriate licence. Surprisingly, this simply involves applying for a category H licence. Amazingly, anyone with a full UK car driving licence is entitled to a provisional category H equivalent.

This allows you to drive a road-legal tank provided you are accompanied by someone who holds a full category H licence and provided, yes you have guessed it, you display L plates!

If you have opted for a cheaper version, and it only has one seat, the qualified driver is no longer required, but this could be a bit risky for the novice tank commander.

Once you feel you are ready you can apply at your local DVLA testing centre for a category H test. It costs just over £60. You will be tested on driving around circuits and turning the tank to face the other way, a bit like a giant three-point turn. An eyesight test follows along with a theory test.

After you pass you are ready to rumble!

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