The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Commencement: 24th July 2018

Amends: The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2864) as amended


Mini Summary

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 set out obligations related to;

  • Driving licences;
  • Tests of competence to drive;
  • Drivers conduct for goods and passenger vehicles;
  • Training courses for motorcycle riders; and
  • In relation to health and safety.


Part VI covers disabilities which must be declared on a driving licence.



These Regulations allow the holder of a category B licence to drive alternatively fuelled vehicles with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 3,500 kg (the current maximum for category B vehicles). Provided the driver has undertaken five hours of training by a registered instructor this amendment increases the maximum authorised mass for alternatively fuelled vehicles to 4,250 kg when that vehicle is:

  • Being driven for the purpose of transporting goods;
  • Not being driven outside the territory of Great Britain; and
  • Has no trailer attached.


An alternative fuelled vehicle means a motor vehicle powered by electricity, natural gas, biogas or hydrogen; or hydrogen and electricity. 

Under this amendment, alternatively-fuelled vehicles driven on a category B licence will be able to carry the same load as conventionally-fuelled vehicles driven on the same licence. This will encourage the use of alternative fuel in light commercial vehicles.


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