In the context of driver’s licenses in South Africa, “EC” and “EC1” represent different vehicle classifications and driving privileges.
- EC License (Code 14): An EC license, also known as a Code 14 license, allows individuals to operate heavy motor vehicles with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 16,000 kilograms. This includes articulated trucks, tankers, and other large commercial vehicles.
- EC1 License (Code EC1): An EC1 license, also known as a Code EC1 license, is a subcategory of the EC license. It authorizes the holder to operate heavy motor vehicles with a gross vehicle mass between 3,500 and 16,000 kilograms. This includes certain types of trucks and buses that are smaller than those covered by the EC license.
In summary, the main difference between EC and EC1 licenses lies in the permitted gross vehicle mass of the vehicles the license holders are authorized to operate. The EC license (Code 14) covers heavier vehicles, while the EC1 license (Code EC1) covers vehicles in a lower weight range. It’s essential to adhere to the specific license requirements and limitations outlined by the relevant licensing authorities in South Africa.