Temporary exemption expires
It will only be possible for a very short time to drive a large electric van with a maximum permitted mass (MTM) of over 3,500 kilos with a B driving license. The exemption from the so-called C driving license will expire in 2024.
Normally, the B driving license is not sufficient for driving a vehicle with a maximum vehicle weight of 3,500 to 4,250 kilos. After all, you need a C driving license for that. This is slightly different for electric vans with a so-called maximum permissible mass (MTM) of 3,500 to 4,250 kilos. In mid-2022, an experiment was set up where you – conditionally – could apply for an exemption from the C driving license for driving an electric van with a maximum weight of 3,500 to 4,250 kilos. This exemption runs from 2024.
This means that as of January 1, 2024, drivers of heavy electric vans will need a C driving license to get behind the wheel. The current conditions, drawn up at the end of last year, state that only electric buyers registered before October 1, 2023 can participate in the scheme because it was initially thought that new definitive legislation would be in place by then. The latter is not the case and this means that electric vans registered on October 1 or later may not be driven with a B driving license. As mentioned, the exemption from the C driving license for driving electric vans delivered before October 1 this year will still apply until the end of this year.
It is currently expected that a definitive exemption will come into effect in mid-2024.
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