New Legislation & Larger Vans for Cat B Drivers
New legislation has come into force allowing holders of Category B driving licences to drive vehicles up to 4.25 tonnes where that vehicle is powered by an alternative fuel.
To qualify, the driver must undertake five hours of training, on the driving of an alternatively-fuelled vehicle with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 3.5 tonnes with an instructor on the National Register of LGV Instructors or the National Vocational Driving Instructors Register.
For the purpose of this derogation ‘alternatively-fuelled vehicle’ means one transporting goods domestically and not towing a trailer, powered by electricity, natural gas, biogas or hydrogen or hydrogen and electricity (multi fuelled).
This legislation will be supported by further measures, which will take the same vehicles out of scope of operator licensing for domestic use; this is expected to come into force on 1 September.
There are still a number of unanswered questions regarding the legislative changes, for example, the legislation does not indicate how the entitlement will be shown on a driving licence, how the five hours of training will be registered, or whether all of the five hours will need to be conducted in the vehicle.
There has also not been any indication of what the syllabus for the five hours must include. The BVRLA will update members once this is known.
Added: 24th July 2018