05 January 2018
There have been calls for more than a decade for the UK Government to increase the gross vehicle weight (GVW) threshold for electric LCVs. Following a consultation in July 2017, the DfT has agreed to raise the limit from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes. This helps to improve the range and payload of all-electric light commercial vehicles (LCVs), without piling cost and a bigger administrative burden onto operators.
Currently, vehicles above 3.5t require a C1 driving licence, which the consultation document said could increase costs by £1,200 per driver. Vehicles over 3.5t are also subject to operator licensing (O-Licence) legislation, meaning additional compliance and administrative work for the van operator.
Following the consultation, electric LCVs will be allowed to have a GVW of up to 4.25t, but can still be driven on a standard N1 car licence and won’t require an O-Licence.
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