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Hiring A Van? Rules & Regs Explained

When renting a van from Westwood, you need no extra licences or tests to be able to drive or hire one. This is included in your Category B licence when you pass your standard driving test

Category B Licence Explained – What Can I Drive?

Passing your standard basic driving test enables you to require your Category B Licence which means that as a driver you are qualified to drive any form of vehicle with a weight up to 3500 KG carrying a maximum capacity of 8 passengers

Some high roof vans such as Lutons or extra long wheelbase vans can weight more than the specified maximum amount of over 3500 KG so check your licence to ensure that you are qualified to be able to rent and drive these vehicles before you attempt to hire. You can always call the office with any query on this and our rental team will be more than happy to help and advise you on the procedures to follow

What Age Do I Need To Be To Rent?

As the driving licence allows 17 and upwards to drive vehicles up to 3500 KG, rental companies don’t always allow the hire of vehicles to under 25 year old’s. At Westwood, we don’t hire to under 21 year old’s unless authorised through management under exceptional circumstances

Please remember that when driving a van for the first time ensure room for the longer turning circumference and changes in the position of handbrakes and gear sticks. The weight will also be a lot heavier meaning more room for breaking distance is required, even in dry normal conditions. Some vans don’t have rear view mirrors meaning you will have to rely solely on your wing mirrors to see behind you. Most of the models we hire are new and up to date and are fitted with parking sensors but be sure to ask and double check on the model you’re hiring

Important Notice

Please listen to the rental team telling you how high the vehicle is that you are hiring, as it is the hirer/driver responsibility if there is any damage through not taking due care and attention to height restrictions. One to mention is Miry Lane in Wigan which stands at 15’00”, if you are in a Luton please avoid this route as you will damage the vehicle and may hurt yourself – and you will be liable. Here are a list of low bridges in Greater Manchester 

If you have any questions about renting a van from us please don’t hesitate to call the main office on 01942 825857

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Needed a hire van for the day, told them what i wanted and they sorted me out. Friendly, helpful staff and everything was simple. Will be definitely using them again in the near future. 10/10

Jaime Griffiths

From start to finish Chris green made the purchase very easy would recommend this place to anyone cheers Chris

Jimmy Mc

Thank you to Westwood Motor Group who generously provided a van to Blessings in DisguiseInDisguise, while we picked up the Donations. Comfortable van reliable company.

Blessings in Disguise

Picked my new van up today, I’d just like to thank Chris Green for his help with everything. Excellent service as always.

Michael Barron

Thanks to westwood motor group for sorting out a car for my daughter’s prom, it really made her day and her friends. Great car and even greater price. Thanks again

Si Whittaker

Brilliant friendly service, very prompt and efficient. The van was superb and Westwood were cheaper than Enterprise.
Highly recommended *****

Peter A

I have been using Westwood Vehicle Solutions for about 4 year and found their customer service outstanding, all the vehicle are modern and usually to a high spec, over the last 3 months I have been using them on a weekly basis and have phone last minute and they have still manage too get a van for me!
They are the best in they area, and always have some great offers on.
Would I recommend them?  Absolutely

Gary L

Brilliant service, very helpful and friendly.

Lorna Cairns

I hired a car with Westwood. Staff are very helpful. Cheap and good service. Recommend them in the future.

Shaun Weston


I would just like to pass on my sincere thanks to everyone at Westwood for the fantastic service I’ve received today. I’ve been a customer for over 10 years, purchasing various vans along the way.
Today, I received my new car on a fantastic scheme they run. Steph and Laura have been brilliant, keeping me informed of everything along the way and Chris (the boss) continues to offer a fantastic service!!
I hire all my vans through Westwood as and when I require them and I wouldn’t go anywhere else!!
If you want to feel special and feel like a customer, not a number, let the people of Westwood take care of you!!
Many thanks for a wonderful experience!!!
Lee Dalgleish
Lee Dalgleish



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