The new exemption system for zero-emission vehicles with a GVW of up to 4.25 tonnes will enter into force in the Netherlands as early as next year. That’s how the government wants to promote eco-friendly transport.
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment announced that the new regulations will come into force in March 2019. The regulation applies to electric vehicles intended for freight transport (without a trailer) with a maximum weight of 4.25 tonnes – reads the communication from the Dutch transport and logistics association TLN (Transport en Logistiek Nederland). As of March next year, these vehicles will be exempted from mandatory tachograph equipment. Another novelty is that drivers with category B licenses will be able to operate those vehicles. The only condition is that they will have to take an additional 5-hour driving course.
Dutch carriers fought for the rules
Initially, the regulation was to enter into force as early as November this year, but the legislative process was extended. TLN, along with other organizations, has long fought for regulations that would accelerate the transition of carriers to the electric fleet and at the same time help to solve the problem of the lack of drivers with category C. According to TLN, carriers need strong arguments for investment in electric vehicles, and the new regulations undoubtedly provide those.