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Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles


Changes to licence requirements for Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs).

The mission is to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. We will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. By then, we expect the majority of new cars and vans sold to be 100% zero emission and all new cars and vans to have significant zero emission capability. By 2050 we want almost every car and van in the UK to be zero emission.

This non-statutory guidance sets out more information on these changes to legislation. It sets out details of the training required for drivers to take advantage of the new law. It also describes the system of certification that will allow drivers to prove that they have completed the training.

The guidance should be considered by any employer with employees who drive vehicles such as delivery vans, as well as self-employed people and those using their own vehicle for a work-related journey. It will be particularly valuable to those who operate large goods vehicles and those who are responsible for fleet management of goods vehicles.

The changes to driving licences by allowing current category B holders to driver alternatively fuelled vehicles is and providing guidance is a way we can support Industry in being able to utilise alternatively fuelled vehicles easily

Training Syllabus

It outlines for instructors and drivers what is included in the training and what the expected learning outcomes will be.

The syllabus will be used by instructors to develop their own training materials, which must cover the content set out in the syllabus.

Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles

The training may be a mix of practical and theory, and will include vehicle handling techniques when driving a loaded alternative fuelled vehicle, refuelling alternative fuel types and the safe loading of alternative fuelled vehicles.

The syllabus sets out how to train drivers in the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to be a safe and responsible driver of an AFV.

Its contents were developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), working in partnership with The National Register of LGV Instructors and The National Vocational Driving Instructors Register.

As stated in the regulations, only instructors on these two registers may carry out the training. The syllabus represents current good practice for driver training. But we recognise that there will be many different, valid ways to deliver the learning outcomes.

What is an alternatively-fuelled vehicle?

 For the purposes of this guidance “an alternatively fuelled vehicle” means a motor vehicle powered by –

  1. electricity, natural gas, biogas or hydrogen;
  2. hydrogen and electricity;

Overview of training requirements Drivers who wish to take advantage of the new legislation must carry out a minimum of 5 hours of training on driving alternatively fuelled vehicles. Training may only be provided by members of the only two government’s recognised LGV training registers these training registers hold details of qualified LGV and HGV instructors and training centres.  These UK training registers are: • National Register of LGV instructors • the National Vocational Driving Instructors Register.

Who can take advantage of this authorisation?

As a starting point, drivers on this course must already hold a current full category B (car) driving licence.

How is the training structured?

Drivers must do a minimum of five hours specific training on how to drive an AFV over 3.5 tonnes.

DVSA recommends that drivers practice driving on the road following the five hours’ training.  3.8 The training will be a mixture of theory and practical with a maximum driver and instructor ratio of 20:1.

The driver needs to successfully complete the course to the instructor’s satisfaction.  Who is this syllabus for? This syllabus is for: • the driver (full licence holder of category B) • the instructor conducting training. All references in the syllabus to ‘trainer’ mean instructors who are registered with either The National Register of LGV Instructors or The National Vocational Driving Instructors Register.