Fleets will be able to run alternatively-fuelled vans up to 4.25 tonnes GVW without needing an operator licence, following a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation. Currently organisations can run vans up to 3.5 tonnes GVW without needing an O-licence.
More than 90% of respondents, including the BVRLA, backed the change to 4.25 tonnes GVW, and the Government last week (14 December) announced this exemption will become law.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “We believe that regulatory changes were necessary to encourage the use of alternatively-fuelled LCV’s and we welcome this announcement.
“An operator who is currently only operating vehicles that are below 3.5 tonnes would never consider an alternatively-fuelled van if it meant he needed an O-licence as well, so this is a good step to help increase the take up of alternatively-fuelled vans.