Drivers with a category B driving licence are now able to operate alternatively fuelled vans, provided they complete a minimum of five hours additional training, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

Alternatively fuelled vans eligible to be driven under legislation published in 2018 can weigh between 3.5 and 4.25 tonnes.

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018 No. 784) are 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.”

The DfT, together with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Office for Low Emission vehicles (OLEV) has now published guidance to drivers on these changes in the law.

Available at assets.publishing.service.gov.uk, Changes to Licence Requirements for Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) explains:

  • what training will be required for drivers, employers with employees who drive relevant vehicles, as well as self-employed people and those using their own vehicle for a work-related journey

  • the system of certification that will allow drivers to prove that they have completed the training

  • how the legislation interacts with other legislation and licence requirements.

For the purposes of this guidance “an alternatively fuelled vehicle” means a motor vehicle powered by: electricity, natural gas, biogas or hydrogen; or hydrogen and electricity.

Note:

We will be updating details on these training requirements in the relevant topics.

Last reviewed 13 June 2019