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NFDA welcomes Government response to operator's license consultation

NFDA 14/12/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Commercial Vehicle sector welcomes the government’s response to the operator’s license consultation, which will grant exemption from requiring an operator license for fleets using alternatively fuelled vehicles up to 4.25t gross vehicle weight (GVW).

The response highlights several points from the NFDA’s submission for the Category B driving license derogation consultation.

Sue Robinson, Director of the NFDA Truck and Van division comments, “We are pleased to see that the government has listened to the NFDA’s criticisms that this exemption must apply to hire and reward haulier, which were excluded in the initial proposal.

“Echoing the NFDA’s consultation response, the Government has recognised that for alternatively fuelled vans to be commercially viable, vehicles with a GVW of up to 4.250t must be treated in exactly the same manner as a 3.5t GVW vehicle.

“We welcome this decision and acknowledge that is a step in the right direction in encouraging alternatively fuelled vans to become part of van fleets.”

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