What Is the Largest Van You Can Hire on a Normal Licence?

If you own a normal driving licence and require van hire, it can be difficult to know what the largest size of van you can hire is. When it comes to large vans, do you need a different licence? Or is a regular one enough to allow you to hire any large vehicle?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘What is the largest van you can hire on a normal licence?

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd is here to provide solutions for you. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, our services are valued and recognised in North London and beyond. Our expertise is to help you find the right van, for the right job.

Our fleet includes small, medium and large vans, in addition to mini buses, automatic vans, electric vans and more! We also provide the ability to purchase vans.

Is it easier to drive a car or a van?

This depends on your experience with driving, and the vehicles you have driven before. For example, if you have only ever driven a 3-door hatchback all of your life, driving a saloon or estate car would take some getting used to.

That being said, your spatial awareness in a new vehicle isn’t an issue that takes years to overcome, after one or two journeys, you get used to the space your car demands.

The same principle applies to vans. Once your spatial awareness in the van is orientated, it is no more difficult to drive than any other vehicle.

Whether you drive a van or a car, you should be aware that a vehicle that is poorly maintained will always be more difficult to drive. Let us explain…

  • A vehicle with a poorly maintained interior, whether it is extremely messy, smelly, or dishevelled, will make the vehicle more difficult to drive because it is very uncomfortable.
  • A vehicle that is poorly maintained performance wise will cause issues on the road. This can prevent you from making your journey, or even cause an accident on the road.
  • A vehicle that has a poorly maintained body can be difficult to drive in some instances, not all. If the vehicle has scratches or scuffs, and some dents, it is still driveable. But if these scratches, or dents compromise a functioning area of the vehicle, it makes using it more difficult for you.

Additionally, if the vehicle has superficial damage such as a bumper that is partially attached, this can still cause issues as it is a hazard.

What is the largest van you can hire on a normal licence?

What is the largest van you can hire on a normal licence?

When it comes to North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, you are able to hire a 7.5 Ton Box Van with a 20ft (6.1 m) body with a regular licence. All the options we offer are available to hire as long as you have a regular licence and fulfil other stipulations.

Other van hire providers may offer similar vans to hire with a regular licence, but when it comes to heavy goods vehicles, we do not provide that option at all. If you want to hire the services of a HGV driver, road freight companies are a good place to enquire.

The threshold for a vehicle to be considered a HGV is anything above 7.5 tons. The Box Van we offer is the closest to the threshold you can get without having to apply for a heavy goods licence.

If you definitely want to drive a HGV yourself, you must apply for and pass the tests required for a heavy goods licence. We would not recommend this if you are only looking to drive a HGV on a one-time basis.

A heavy goods licence can open employment opportunities both locally and overseas, so only consider going for this test if you are looking to develop a career in road freight.

Why can’t I drive a HGV with a regular licence?

Heavy goods vehicles such as lorries are not the same as driving a car or even a large van. Driving wise, HGV’s require precision handling, awareness and a full understanding of the functions available and required to use in the cockpit/dashboard.

On top of this, HGV’s require daily regular checks to ensure tires, connections, and other components are secure, undamaged, and able to use on the road. Neglecting this can result in severe repercussions, not only on the road, but legally.

Because of the immense size, weight complexity of a HGV, drivers must be extremely competent and aware at all times. To mitigate the instance of any life-threatening incidents, HGV drivers on a job are expected to follow a specific route on their deliveries, being sure to take mandatory breaks.

Of course, the cargo being transported by a HGV driver must be kept secure at all times. This means learning the standard procedure in securing cargo correctly. Depending on the cargo being transported, procedures may vary.

Is it worth getting a heavy goods licence?

If you are looking at developing a career in road freight, it is definitely worth getting a heavy goods licence. Aside from the fact it is the only way to legally drive a HGV, the licence can come with additional benefits such as lower insurance premiums in some cases.

However, if you are considering getting a heavy goods licence in order to rent a HGV for a short period of time, it is not worth it. The training required for the minimal amount of time you would be spending with the vehicle can be time that is spent elsewhere. It is better to use the services of a professional.

How to hire a van

How to hire a van

With North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, our hiring process is incredibly efficient and simple. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Head to our website
  2. Select your pick-up location, followed by return location, pick-up date, pick-up time, drop-off date, and drop-off time. Then press enter.
  3. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  4. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  5. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  6. If your details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote, which you can choose to pay, or try another service.
  7. If you are happy with this quote, we arrange a time for you to come to the showroom, view the van, and complete the rental process by verifying the required documentation.

For peace of mind, all the vans we provide for hire are maintained to the best standard. They are checked regularly to ensure there are no issues that would impact you in any way. After each customer has used our vans, we conduct our checks.

Enquire for van hire

Enquire for van hire

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has over 30 years of experience, which has allowed us to provide a varied fleet of vans suitable for a variety of needs. We encourage you to get in contact with us today to see how we can help you. Below, you can find our opening hours, address, and contact details.

In this blog, we hope to have provided all the answers you require when it comes to answering the question ‘What is the largest van you can hire on a normal licence?’ While providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire.

Opening Hours:

Mon–Fri: 07:30 am to 05:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

1320 Mollison Avenue,





020 3031 1097