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I could not drive, and so in training I was taught by a civvy instructor in Catterick, first in a LWB rover, test passed and a red book licence was issued. and then straight onto a Bedford RL 3 Tonner. On completion a HGV black book licence was issued. Two licences, the red book I still have, dated September 14th 1972.
I did all my driver training on an RL, passed the test in 1968 and got a red book driving licence, then later on got an HGV 3 on the grandfathers rights or whatever, then did my HGV 2 in an AEC 10 tonner in Duisburg, loads of fun !!
Yup, certainly applied in my case. I was 'spammed' when I did a stint at Rifle Depot as s DI to drive a 3 tonner to Wales. I only had a car and motobike license and was advised that was fine. That was during 60s. In around '72 I acquired a HGV bit on my licence. Gave up when I was early 40s.
ah the RL! a more basic design vehicle couldn't have been possible, and in the sixties all you needed was a car licence.
I arrived from bleeders to my first unit just as a crash out was called, the s/sgt said to me can you drive? yes staff, good well bring the g10 wagon, we didn't need no steenking licences or any of this famming up bollix then
Like you have all said, to drive the Bedford range you had to pass an HGV 3 test.
The 3 axle 10 tonners required an HGV 2 test.
I never had a car licence (only motorcycle) when at Bordon for my basic Recovery course (1976) and on passing my HGV 3, I automatically was issued a car licence. Obviously as a Recy Mech I did class 2 as well.
I have kept my licences up to date, and have just had my 4th medical. (My first was at 45 years of age, Cost now: £60 and up) Apart from the medical you will also need a 'digicard' for tachometers (Cost £32) and to have attended 35 hours of CPC (drivers) instruction, this is an attendance course of 7 hours over 5 days. (cost: £70 per day ish,)
The medical, your CPC course and 'digicard' need renewing after 5 years.
All of the above is required if you want to drive professionally.