Certification to drive an AFV up to 4.25 tonnes
In 2018, UK law was changed so that the weight limit for Category B driving licence holders driving alternatively-fuelled vehicles could be increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes provided it is not driven outside of Great Britain, used for the transportation of goods, is not towing a trailer and the driver has completed a minimum of 5 hours training. We are proud to be one of a select few training providers to be able to offer this new training to individuals and businesses.
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 to obtain certification that will allow drivers to prove that they have completed the training.
The training will be a mixture of theory and practical (such as demonstrations with equipment), with a maximum driver and instructor ratio of 20:1. This syllabus should ideally complement the induction training that an employee receives from their employer.
When a driver has completed the syllabus, they will have a better understanding of these aspects of driving an AFV:
• Road safety benefits
• Fuel-saving driving techniques
• Energy-saving driving techniques
• Refuelling and the safety factors of alternative fuel types
• Safe driving techniques
• Safe loading
• Vehicle handling techniques
• Legislative requirements.
The driver needs to successfully complete the course to the instructor’s satisfaction in order to achieve certification.
Why take and AFV 5 hour course?
Drivers and employers should use this training to:
• develop a greater awareness of the risks associated with driving
• learn to reflect on their own driving performance and take steps to improve in areas that need further development.
When drivers have completed this unit, they will:
• be able to understand when outside factors can affect their competence at driving for work. Drivers will also understand the potential impact on corporate responsibility, and make suitable decisions based on that understanding
• understand and act on their responsibility to make sure that they and their alternatively fuelled vehicle is legal
• be able to control the risks associated with carrying loads
• be able to plan a journey suitable for an AFV
• be able to know and understand the various fuel types of an AFV and how to refuel safely and responsibly
• be able to understand what to do if an AFV is involved in a crash or an emergency and how to control any risks associated with an AFV.
Third parties who are likely to want to evidence that a driver has completed training are:
• Insurance companies
• The police.
With over 35 years in the road transport industry, Uckfield Logistics Training Services can offer training with real hands-on experience which is so important when operating any AFV.
How do I know whether my vehicle applies to this requirement?
If drivers would like to check whether their vehicle qualifies as an alternative fuel vehicle, please find their vehicle at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/co2-and-vehicle-tax-tools which allows drivers to find fuel consumption and, CO2 and other emissions, by make and model.