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
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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