LCV driver licensing
Around one in 10 of all vehicles on the UK’s roads is a van and light commercial vehicle traffic is predicted to rise at twice the rate of cars over the next couple of decades.
The skills required to drive a fully-laden van are considerably more demanding than those required to drive a typical road car.
The Fleet Industry Manifesto proposes that the next Government carry out a consultation to assess the requirement for a new form of intermediate licence to sit between those for cars and HGVs.
What is your view on considering the introduction of a new form of intermediate licence?
Conservatives: Declined to comment on this issue.
Labour: We know there are extensive concerns about the system of mandatory periodic training for professional HGV drivers.
We appreciate the concerns about the need for an additional light commercial vehicle qualification to ensure the many drivers now in control of fully-laden 3.5 tonne vans are properly equipped to do so.
The last Labour Government committed to a major overhaul of the driver training and testing process to create better-prepared and safer drivers.
We will consider calls for reform of the Certificate of Professional Competence, and new LGV licences.
Liberal Democrats: Declined to comment on this issue.
FleetNews view: Labour is the party making the right noises about considering a new form of licence for van drivers and an overhaul of the entire driver testing process. Conservatives and Lib Dems are surprisingly quiet on this topic, considering the rapid growth in the number of vans on UK roads.