Changes to licence requirements for alternatively-fuelled vans

The Department for Transport has announced that drivers who hold a category B driving licence can operate alternatively fuelled vans (AFVs) up to 4.25 tonnes, provided they complete a minimum of five hours additional relevant training.

The new law comes as part of the government’s commitment to encourage the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles, as set out in the Road to Zero Strategy.

Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman said:

“The government’s Road to Zero Strategy sets out our ambition for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.

“By changing these driving licence requirements, we are seeking to support business owners by enabling them to use alternatively fuelled vehicles more easily.”

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    Kevan Chippindall-Higgin DipDE

    Government thinking never ceases to amaze me. Dual fuel vans are more expensive to buy in the first place and now there is the requirement of an additional 5 hours training to use the thing. How on earth can this be regarded as any sort of incentive?

    Businesses face ever more regulation and cost, making life harder and harder to stay competitive. Just look at the high street. Small businesses cannot compete on cost and volume while big businesses are being crippled by the high cost of rates and employment taxation, up from roughly 3.5% ten years ago to around 15% today. Naturally, internet retailers are winning through. Their rates, while still very expensive, are not the punitive levels of prime high street locations. Furthermore, their wage costs are lower. Staff needs to be less skilled and requires no customer facing skills whatsoever. So the golden egg laying goose is being slowly but inexorably throttled.

    Meanwhile, back in the world of driving and all the hand wringing road safety experts, nobody is suggesting that all existing drivers should be periodically re-assessed. This is against a backdrop of wailing about air quality. First of all, the air is not that bad and secondly, if people drove vehicles properly, it would be further improved. Instead, virtually the entire political class is signing up to ruinously expensive technology that does not really work. After all, solar has its limitations after dark, which in winter is much of the day, while wind works fine providing the wind blows at the right speed. To slow and nothing much happens. Too fast and much too much happens. The fan goes so fast that it eventually catches fire so must be switched off.

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