The Department for Transport (DfT) have launched a call for evidence that seeks views on potential opportunities to improve our driving licensing regime. They wish to explore whether there are any further opportunities that could be available to them that are partly due to the fact that we had left the European Union and had the freedom to change our legislation to improve our testing and licensing regime. These include whether to grant drivers who have category B car licence entitlement additional entitlement to category C1 (7.5 tonnes) goods vehicle entitlement and whether to grant drivers who have a category B licence entitlement to a minibus category D1 licence.
CTA are asking all members and the wider Community Transport sector to complete this and share their views. This will directly impact organisations where drivers (volunteers or staff) are currently required to hold a category D1 licence to drive your mini bus.
CTA have been discussing this issue with DfT for some time and are pleased that we have this opportunity to gather the evidence and impact that any changes would have for the Community Transport sector. Our Director for England has fed into the development of this call and we will be hosting an event with DfT in August to enable an opportunity for members to share their views directly with policy makers.
The Call for Evidence closed on 28th October 2022. DfT is currently reviewing the responses to the call and are formulating a response document which we expect will contain the next steps.
We are continuing to have an ongoing discussion with DfT regarding this and will be able to share more information with the sector in early 2023.
CTA submitted a response to the call which can be found here
Within this response we raise that we believe changing D1 licencing to grant drivers who have a category B licence entitlement to a minibus category D1 is vital for the future of the CT sector. This change will alleviate some of the current driver shortages that
are caused by the current D1 licensing system that threaten the sector’s future and the provision of essential transport services
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