Consultation outcome

Category B driving licence derogation for alternatively fuelled commercial vehicles

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Regulatory changes to support take-up of alternatively-fuelled light commercial vehicles - government response

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Detail of outcome

Following analysis of consultation responses, the department is now publishing the final outcome of this consultation.

We have decided to seek a derogation from the European Commission to allow category B (car) licence holders to drive a slightly heavier commercial vehicle, if it is powered by a low emission technology.

Original consultation

Summary

Changes to regulations to support the take-up of alternatively fuelled light commercial vehicles.

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Consultation description

The government wants to establish low emission light commercial vehicles as an alternative to diesel-powered vans. This will help to improve air quality in our towns and cities and meet our legal obligations under the Climate Change Act and air quality regulations.

The proposals set out in this consultation would allow category B (car) licence holders to drive a slightly heavier vehicle, if it is powered by a low emission technology, by offsetting the additional weight of the powertrain.

This will help compensate for lost payload capacity due to the added weight and size of alternative fuel technologies.

Documents

Regulatory changes to support the take-up of alternatively-fuelled light commercial vehicles

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Published 26 July 2017
Last updated 29 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government response to consultation on regulatory changes to support the take-up of alternatively-fuelled light commercial vehicles.
  2. A correction to the restrictions for drivers who obtained a category B licence after January 1997 (page 9, section 2.2).
  3. First published.