Recently, UK law has mandated a change in the weight limit for Category B driving licence holders who drive Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles, AFVs; it has now increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes.
Why? The extra weight allowance compensates for the heavy batteries used within Electric and Hybrid Vans.
Working with the DVSA to support this change the Department for Transport has provided a syllabus of learning that covers handling and driving techniques for laden AFVs, safe loading and instruction upon how the various fuels used to power AFVs should be administered.
For LGV drivers to take advantage of this learning they must receive a minimum of 5 hours of training.
In support, REVAMP has developed a suite of non-accredited AFV CPD courses with a clear focus around Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Knowledge, Safety and Awareness. These bite-sized courses are also prevalent to service employees at motor manufacturers, franchised vehicle dealerships, leasing and accident management companies and fleet supply organisations.
REVAMP’s accredited (IMI) Electric & Hybrid Vehicle qualification provision also serves to instruct individuals from the technical & retail automotive industry and the public sectors, for example for maintenance and service motor mechanics, fleet managers, to members of the emergency services who attend an accident involving an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle.