Zero-emission CVs given licence to accelerate adoption

The government’s acknowledgment that zero-emission commercial vehicles require dedicated attention is welcome and is a positive step in seeing more movement in this space. Today's announcement from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) proposes four changes to legislation* that will remove some long-standing barriers to the utilisation of 4.25t ZEV vans.

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.”


*The outcome of the consultation can be viewed at GOV.UK: Driving licence flexibility for alternatively-fuelled vehicles.

Ultimately, it proposes the below changes to legislation, relating to zero-emission vehicles weighting 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.