Licensing change will allow drivers to drive heavier vans if they are electric

Licensing change will allow drivers to drive heavier vans if they are electric

Van drivers will be allowed to drive heavier vans under planned changes to driver licensing rules designed to promote the switch to cleaner vehicles.

The proposal, which is open for public consultation, means that drivers will be able to operate heavier electric or gas-powered vehicles without having to apply for a new licence.

It's part of efforts to improve air quality in towns and cities across the country, the government said.

Currently, a motorist with an ordinary category B licence for a car can drive a van weighing up to 3,500kg. However, cleaner vans, especially those powered by electricity from batteries, are generally heavier than conventional diesel vans because of the battery they have on board. This reduces the amount of goods they can carry or means van drivers have to apply for a category C licence, with associated costs and medical report requirements.

Under plans published by the Department for Transport, motorists will be permitted to drive vans weighing up to 4,250kg if they are powered by electricity, natural gas, LPG or hydrogen.

This is intended to help "level the playing field" by addressing the payload penalty which currently puts operators of cleaner vans at a commercial disadvantage compared to operators of equivalent conventionally-fuelled vehicles.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman commented: "Vans have become essential to our economy and are vital for our builders, small businesses and delivery drivers. We have more of them on our roads than ever before. That's a good sign for the economy, but our challenge is to try to tackle their impact on air quality.

"We want to make it easier for businesses to opt for cleaner vehicles, and these proposals are designed to do just that."

Do you drive a van? Will the licensing change encourage businesses to go electric?
 


0 Comments on this article

Posted 04 August 2017 by Jodie Salter

Tags: electric, licensing, van

Comments

Comments
Blog post currently doesn't have any comments.
 Security code

Tags

£1 1.6mm 112 17s 2015 2016 2020 2035 50 5Star 70 70mph 80mph A18 A36 AA accelerator accident Accidents ADAC adaption aesthetic age AIA air alarm alcohol and Anxiety app appearance area arguments A-roads asda association Audi Audit Auto automated Automotive Autonomous avon awards awareness back bad badge Bald ban bank banking barrel bays BBC behaviour Belgium belongings Bentley best better BIBA bikes black blackbox blanks blind Blue BMW boot Bowes box BPA Brake break breakdown breath Breathalyser Brexit Bristol britain british Budget bumps Busier businesses Busy buy buying by call calls cam camera cameras campaign Car carbon card careless carriageway Cars cash Cassie's Celebration Centre cereal Charlie check children chris christmas circuit Claims cleanliness Clear clocking clutter cluttered CO2 code collision collisions colour committee common commons communities commute commuters commuting companies company compensation computer con Concern condition confused.com congestion connected consumer consumers Contact Contact Centre Continental cool costs council counterpart County course cover Crackdown crash crashforcash crash-free crashing crash-proof credit criminals Crit'Air crude customer cycling cyclist DADSS daily damage damaged danger dangerous Dangers dash dashboard dashcam data Day deaths deer Defaqto de-icer Department detection detour device DfT diesel Digital dino dioxide direction disable disabled discomfort discount disputes distances Distinction distraction distractions Donington drink drink-drive drink-driving drinking drive driver driverless Driver-less Drivers Driving drug drugalyser drug-drivers drugs drunk drunk-driver dual DVLA dvsa eating ecall ECCCSA ecccsa15 eco eco-friendly economy efficiency elderly electric electronic emergancy emergency emission emissions emmissions enforcement Engage england entertained Environmental Equine EU europe european evans exam Exchange exhaust expenses Express Eye eyesight F1 facebook Fairmont fake fans fast fatalities Father's faults faulty FCO features fees FIA figures finance financial fine Fined fines first-date first-time flag Flat Fleet food for ford formula France fraud fraudulent free front fuel Fugures fumes fusion Gadgets garage garages gear GEM gender Geoffrey gifts GMC go GoCompare goods government GPS grace graduated grand grant Green grille GT GT3 GT4 guy habits hamilton handheld hand-held hands-free hard hates head-on health highway hit-and-run hogging holes holiday holidays Home Horse Hose pipe ban host Hound housing hybrid iam icmi icy ignition incident Increase influence information infotainment insurance insured intelligent intimidation Iphone isa issues items jack Jaguar jail jam january japan Jnr journey journeys junctions Justice keep Keycare keyless keys kids land lane law laws Lazy Leaners learner Learners Lease legal less lessons Levels lewis lexus licence license licensing lift lights limit limits Lind Littering local London long lords lorry Lost low Lowest M1 M25 M6 M60 maintenance manufacturers marked martin memory Mercedes Metropolitan Miami MIB middle mileage misconceptions mobile modern Moenyfacts money money-back Moneyfacts money-saving morrisons mot Motor motoring motorist motorists motorsport motorway motorways MyLicence nav navigation neighbours Nevada new new car news NHS NICE Nissan nitrogen Norfolk NPCC number odometer of Offence offenders Office officers oil older one online ONS operation Opinium Oulton overcharged package paper parents Parfitt Paris park parking pass passengers Passport Pathfinder Pay PCP pcso penalties penalty pensioner period personal personalities personas pet petition petrol PHE phone phones photos photovoltic Pitney plan planning plug-in points police pollution poor Porsche pot Potholes pounds power practical practice premiums preparation presenters presents Pressure Price price-cut prices prison private prix problems Production professions PSNI psychology public Punishment purchase quality rac race racing rage rain range record recording refuge registration repairs report research retest reveals rewarded Rick ride rights risk road roads roadside RoadSmart roadworks rocket Rockingham route rover RPJ RSPH rubbernecking rules rutting Safe safety sainsbury sale sales salvage sat satellite satnav saving scam scammers scandal scheme scotland Scrappage scrapped screens season second-hand select self-driving selfie Semcon sentence service ServiceMark sharing shortages shoulder show side signs silverstone single siren Skills sleep smart smartphone smartphones smiling smmt smoke smoking Snetterton Snow Society solar somerset Spa speed Speeders speeding speed-limiting spend Srudies station stations staycation Stickers stopping storm strapped stress stress-free study Suffolk summer Supermarkets surfaces survey system systems tablets tailgating Tax T-charge Team techniques technology teenagers telegraph telematics telemetry tesco test testing textalyser Thatcham The theft thefts theory thieves threat ticket tickets Time time-consuming Tips tired top tow towing toyota tracker Traders traffic transport travel tread trials trip triumph Trust Tunnel type tyre tyres Tyresafe uk ultra Under underage uninvestigated union unleaded unprepared US uSwitch valuables van vehicle vehicles victim volkswagen Volvo VoucherCodesPro vw wales watch water way weather week well-being Welsh west whiplash WHO Winner winter with women work worst wrong yorkshire young zones