The government is pushing ahead with plans to allow category B (car) licence holders to operate heavier vans if they are fitted with alternative fuel systems. A DfT consultation last autumn proposed that standard licence holders be allowed to drive vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes if they are powered by electricity, natural gas, LPG or hydrogen. The current weight limit is 3.5 tonnes, but as alternative fuel technology can weigh more than a conventional vehicle, operators are left with […]
The current limited drivers’ hours relaxation has been extended until 31 May “in response to unprecedented pressures on local and national supply chains”.
There is to be no mandatory registration and testing scheme for trailers, after a review found human error is a far more common reason for serious incidents.
The DfT has achieved its original target of getting 1,800 longer semi-trailers on the roads, albeit almost five years after the scheme was first launched.