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Driver licensing to be relaxed for electric and hybrid vans

Jun 01, 2018
The announcement that licence regulations are to be relaxed for drivers of some alternatively-fuelled vans has been warmly welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Currently, drivers with category B (car) licences are permitted to drive vans which weigh up to 3.5 tonnes.  However, electric and hybrid vans of a comparable size must carry a large battery pack, making them heavier. The government announced on 29 March, 2018 that it would seek agreement from the EU for drivers with category B licences to be permitted to drive alternatively-fuelled vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.

Renault electric vanFTA’s Environment Policy Manager, Becki Kite commented, “FTA is delighted the government has listened to the logistics industry and taken this positive step to make it easier for transport and freight companies to operate electric vehicles.  This will make it cheaper and easier for firms to include alternatively-powered vehicles in their fleets.  It is an excellent example of how the government can use regulatory adjustments to help our industry implement more energy-efficient working practices.”

The announcement follows a two-month consultation process.  The government says it supports a commitment to ensure that almost every car and van is a zero-emission vehicle by 2050. 

Photo: A Renault electric van.

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