Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles


Alternatively Fuelled Vehicle Electric Van

UK law now permits Category B driving licence holders to drive alternatively fuelled vehicles weighing up to 4.25 tonnes. The vehicle must not be driven outside of Great Britain.  It must be used for the transportation of goods, not be towing a trailer and the driver must have completed a minimum of 5 hours of training.


Training may only be provided by members of the DVSA-endorsed NRI, or by members of the NVDIR which is recognised by DVSA.

An alternatively-fuelled vehicle is a vehicle powered by electricity, natural gas, biogas or hydrogen, or hydrogen and electricity.

A certificate is issued on completion of training.  

Note that anyone found driving an alternatively fuelled vehicle between 3.5 tonnes and 4.25 tonnes on a Category B licence without having done the 5 hours of training would be guilty of an offence under the Road Traffic Act (1988).

Training must follow the syllabus published by the Department of Transport.

  1. Road safety benefits
  2. Fuel-saving driving techniques
  3. Energy-saving driving techniques
  4. Refuelling and the safety factors of alternative fuel types
  5. Safe driving techniques
  6. Safe loading
  7. Vehicle handling techniques
  8. Legislative requirements.
The training will be a mixture of theory and practical maximum driver and instructor ratio of 20:1.

£80 + VAT per person, plus £15 + VAT certification fees (minimum of 4 candidates).

For on-site delivery of up to 20 candidates, please contact the office on 01524 858326.

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