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 An experiment has been launched in the Netherlands, under which drivers with driving licenses will be able to drive lorries.

The new exemption system for zero-emission vehicles with a DMC of up to 4.25 tonnes was to enter into force in the Netherlands in March this year. Ultimately, the pilot was launched this month, according to the communication of the Dutch Entrepreneurship Agency (Rijksdienst Voor Ondernemend Nederland, abbreviated as RVO). In this way, the Dutch government wants to promote green transport.  

The new regulations apply to electric vehicles designated to freight transport (without a trailer) with a maximum weight of 4.25 tonnes. Not only can drivers with a category B driving license drive them, but also, these cars are exempt from mandatory tachograph equipment. Enterprises must, however, report to the RVO the number of kilometres travelled by these electric vehicles and the region where they are using them. In turn, drivers only have to take an additional 5-hour driving course.

As reported by the RVO, on 17 June, the agency made forms available at driving schools and companies willing to take part in the program. From now on, courses may already be offered. The pilot is expected to last until December 31, 2022.

It is part of the larger Green Deal Zero Emission Urban Logistics program (Green Deal ZES), the aim of which is to reduce emissions in urban deliveries as much as possible until 2025. The pilot that started this month is directed to Green Deal ZES member companies.

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