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Having just done a c license and my bike license, the h license was a joke. 20 mins of an examiner walking beside you,  turning left, right, stopping, reversing round a corner followed by 3 Highway Code questions. No wonder any can teach it

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Yeah worth a try thanks. To be honest I would just like the equipment and I could teach myself I know what they do on the  test and what is expected. I spoke with a ex trainer few years back and said if your paying anymore then couple hundred pounds doing cat H and G tests your getting ripped off. He put a load of people through  using plant machinery which was road legal but stopped doing it and did try and persuade him to help but nothing as doing other stuff now. 

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Your problem will come getting insurance, you can be added to someone else's who owns and drives a class H, but as a learner you are unlikely to get insurance to drive on a public highway.
I taught a friend to drive my CVRT, from Europe as a learner on my insurance, cost about £50 for a week.
 

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2 minutes ago, Diana and Jackie said:

Your problem will come getting insurance, you can be added to someone else's who owns and drives a class H, but as a learner you are unlikely to get insurance to drive on a public highway.
I taught a friend to drive my CVRT, from Europe as a learner on my insurance, cost about £50 for a i

Yeah that's when your in a catch 22 and wouldn't have a problem paying any administration costs like that but alot of farmers don't want to risk their machines which I can understand to a point. Always keeping my eyes open and never know something may come up. 

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5 hours ago, Rodney Maynard said:

Yeah have tried this route with plant companys but is finding equipment that is road legal. I can rent equipment but none of  it road legal and they won't help you to make it legal  not interested but haven't given up just yet. 

it is exempt from being road legal for the test, as the H licence is legally required in certain instances, ie unloading and loading tracked plant where it involves crossing or travelling roadways

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1 hour ago, terryb said:

it is exempt from being road legal for the test, as the H licence is legally required in certain instances, ie unloading and loading tracked plant where it involves crossing or travelling roadways

I have asked about this and was told it has to have a registration plate, insurance, and tax if applicable because you could go on the road. I know some people have stated they never went on a road but you can't guarantee that. 

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2 minutes ago, Oh Five said:

Just a slight off-set on this topic.  If someone is looking for a vehicle to start providing training for the H Licence, how about using on of these?  

https://uk-tracks.com/models/tinger-track-2/

The website says that they can be road registered.

As the vehicle is 'steered by tracks',  does it matter whether that is by levers or 'motorcycle handlebars'.

I'm sure these would be legal.

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1 minute ago, Oh Five said:

Just a slight off-set on this topic.  If someone is looking for a vehicle to start providing training for the H Licence, how about using on of these?  

https://uk-tracks.com/models/tinger-track-2/

The website says that they can be road registered.

As the vehicle is 'steered by tracks',  does it matter whether that is by levers or 'motorcycle handlebars'.

When I did my h it was in an Argocat which had handlebars... but I know Nick told me they weren’t allowed to use it any more, so they sold it and brought a huge tractor thing

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1 minute ago, SirLanceUK said:

When I did my h it was in an Argocat which had handlebars... but I know Nick told me they weren’t allowed to use it any more, so they sold it and brought a huge tractor thing

I thought as long as it had tracks it was OK 

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Hello, I'm looking at doing my h license aswell but think the price doubling in the last few years is disgusting.  From what I understand about what nick mead has said is, he was told by dvsa that they will only do it using the tracked tractor now and it has to be in traffic. I can understand that buying the challenger tractor and the cost of the rubber tracks mean he was looking at increasing the price. Not sure if the tester will come to you anymore.  They were going to do away with the h license, but realised some people do need it so just decide to make it a lot harder,  I suspect to put of Joe blogs from getting it to drive military stuff on the road. If anyone has found anything recently that is concrete please share. 

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39 minutes ago, Jimy2bins said:

Hello, I'm looking at doing my h license aswell but think the price doubling in the last few years is disgusting.  From what I understand about what nick mead has said is, he was told by dvsa that they will only do it using the tracked tractor now and it has to be in traffic. I can understand that buying the challenger tractor and the cost of the rubber tracks mean he was looking at increasing the price. Not sure if the tester will come to you anymore.  They were going to do away with the h license, but realised some people do need it so just decide to make it a lot harder,  I suspect to put of Joe blogs from getting it to drive military stuff on the road. If anyone has found anything recently that is concrete please share. 

Have you actually contacted dvla and found out what they say? I have had the same chat with Nick myself, however I have heard the other people are still doing h license’s if so how? 

I have been in contact with dvla and been told I can instruct people to get there license, I just didn’t go that extra mile to find out what else is involved 

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43 minutes ago, Jimy2bins said:

Hello, I'm looking at doing my h license aswell but think the price doubling in the last few years is disgusting.  From what I understand about what nick mead has said is, he was told by dvsa that they will only do it using the tracked tractor now and it has to be in traffic. I can understand that buying the challenger tractor and the cost of the rubber tracks mean he was looking at increasing the price. Not sure if the tester will come to you anymore.  They were going to do away with the h license, but realised some people do need it so just decide to make it a lot harder,  I suspect to put of Joe blogs from getting it to drive military stuff on the road. If anyone has found anything recently that is concrete please share. 

I was told that dvla were considering getting rid of the cat H and the F tractor and put them under the hgv license. My info came from a museum as he wants to do his and a local company who trained Cat h and G road rollers can't get insurance to do Cat H anymore. Not sure how concrete it is and nothing on the dvsa website. 

 

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26 minutes ago, SirLanceUK said:

Have you actually contacted dvla and found out what they say? I have had the same chat with Nick myself, however I have heard the other people are still doing h license’s if so how? 

I have been in contact with dvla and been told I can instruct people to get there license, I just didn’t go that extra mile to find out what else is involved 

Was thinking of doing just that.

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19 minutes ago, Rodney Maynard said:

I was told that dvla were considering getting rid of the cat H and the F tractor and put them under the hgv license. My info came from a museum as he wants to do his and a local company who trained Cat h and G road rollers can't get insurance to do Cat H anymore. Not sure how concrete it is and nothing on the dvsa website. 

 

That would be handy as already have that.

 

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I haven't contacted dvsa but with the driver shortage on hgv side I think tests for G and H will be put on the back burner or changed at some point. I would to do both of them but can't see it happening. I think the only way you might get the a H licence is asking a farmer for his challenger or own one yourself and chances of getting a test at present pretty low. 

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