The Department for Transport (DfT) has provided updates to driving licences to assist businesses transition their fleets to zero emission vehicles.
As part of the update, those drivers that hold a category B driving licence will now be able to drive alternatively fuelled vans, as long as they can prove they have completed additional training, as set out in new legislation from the government.
The new law regarding updates to driving licences is another key component of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy.
It’s almost one year since the government outlined its proposals for Road to Zero, which seek to expand green infrastructure in the country, with an ambition of moving towards greener vehicles, such as zero emission vans and trucks.
By 2030, the government want 40% of new vehicles to be zero emission.
The new law regarding updated driving licences is coming into force because the government wants to help businesses transition from vehicles with harmful emissions, to those that are ultra-low emission – all set out in the Road to Zero Strategy.
As such, the transport industry has been informed that those drivers who hold a category B licence are eligible to operate alternatively fuelled vans provided they have completed a minimum of five hours of additional relevant training, and can prove this is the case.
Under the new legislation, the alternatively fuelled vans eligible to be driven will be able to weigh between 3.5 tonnes and 4.25 tonnes.
Jesse Norman is the Future of Mobility Minister for government. He said the new legislation will support business owners.
He 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.”