Changes to driving licence flexibility to support ZEV uptake

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has today (10 October) announced proposed changes to driving licence legislation that will remove some long-standing barriers to the utilisation of 4.25t ZEV vans.

The government’s acknowledgment that zero-emission commercial vehicles require dedicated attention is welcomed by the BVRLA and is a positive step in seeing more movement in this space.

The below changes to legislation are proposed, relating to zero-emission vehicles weighing between 3,500kg and 4,250kg:

  • change the types of powertrains eligible for the licence flexibility, from alternatively-fuelled to zero emission vehicles only
  • remove the 5-hour training requirement
  • expand the legislation to all vehicles eligible to be driven on a standard licence
  • allow drivers to use the flexibility to tow a trailer in line with the rules for other vehicles.

Commenting on the announcement, Gerry Keaney, BVRLA Chief Executive, said:

“Zero-emission motoring requires a fresh approach. Electric van users have bespoke needs and face too many barriers that are restricting adoption. Today’s announcement shows that the government is listening. These changes will bring greater flexibility and support more van operators in making the switch to greener vehicles sooner.

“The BVRLA remains committed to driving more positive change in this space and has pushed for the MOT regime to consider similar flexibilities for heavier zero-emission vans. Our work with partner associations is accelerating to make sure all levels of Government understand the need for renewed focus on the transition to ZEV vans.”

Download the full consultation outcome at GOV.UK: Driving licence flexibility for alternatively-fuelled vehicles.