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UK to ask EU to relax licensing for electric vans

The British Government plans to seek agreement with the European Union for drivers with category B licences to be permitted to drive electric and hybrid vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.

It follows news that operators of  that operators of alternatively-fuelled vehicles up to 4.25 tonnes will be exempt from HGV operator licensing, provided they operate only domestically in the UK. This gives rise to the question, could such a large electric van based in Newry be therefore unable to cross the boarder in to Dundalk for example?

Currently, drivers with category B (car) licences are permitted to drive vans which weigh up to 3.5 tonnes.  However, electric and hybrid vans of a comparable size must carry a large battery pack, making them slightly heavier.
The government announced today (29 March) that it would seek agreement from the EU for drivers with category B licences to be permitted to drive alternatively-fuelled vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.