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Policy wins – April 2022


Wins recently achieved by the Logistics UK policy team.

FEASIBILITY STUDY ON LONGER HEAVY VEHICLES 

Logistics UK has been in dialogue with the Department for Transport (DfT) for a number of years regarding the need to provide the logistics sector with opportunities to reduce its impact on congestion, the environment and air quality. As a result, DfT has now commissioned a feasibility study to evaluate if a national trial of Longer Heavier Vehicles (LHVs) should be conducted to address these issues and how the trial would be designed.  

GOVERNMENT LICENCE DEROGATION AND VAN GRANT FUNDING

Government has announced it will extend both the Category B licence derogation and plug-in van grant (PiVG) for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), alongside changes to the PiVG and truck grant (PiTG) weight thresholds.

With uncertainty about the 2023 review of the derogation undermining member confidence to invest in zero emission vehicles, Logistics UK presented the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles with our short and medium-term proposals for regulatory reform for a zero emission fleet. In response, government has confirmed the continuation of the derogation allowing drivers with a standard driving licence to drive AFVs up to 4.25 tonnes, compared to a 3.5 tonne limit for diesel vans, recognising the additional weight of the powertrain, such as batteries.

The government’s decision to bring the upper weight threshold for the PiVG in line with the derogation (4.25 tonnes from 3.5 tonnes) means that vehicle operators can now claim for up to 1,000 grants of £5,000 for eligible heavier electric vans instead of having to apply under the more limited small truck grant scheme.

This change indicates wider acceptance by government of the need for further regulatory reform on AFVs as these become ‘the norm’ over coming years.

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Published On: 07/04/2022 16:00:55

 



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