The Commission issued on 1 March their proposal for a revision of the 3rd Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC.
The European Commission’s proposal for the revision of the EU Driving Licence Directive has many promising aspects, in particular the proposed update of the driving licence category B to 4.25 t that finally addresses the missing private driving licence above 3.5 t. However, it falls short as only alternatively fuelled vehicles will be allowed to benefit from the extended driving licence category B to 4.25 t.
The road to a turnaround in vehicle propulsion is not paved by driving licences alone.
Holidays with a motor caravan are sustainable, family-friendly and support the political and social desire that more people travel in a climate-friendly, earthbound way. This presupposes that as many people as possible can do this with a modern motor caravan. Today, these are safer and more environmentally friendly than ever. Simple, consumer- and climate-friendly regulations are needed to enable people to have a climate- and family-friendly holiday.
Environmentally friendly Caravanning should be accessible to all vehicles up to 4.25 t – and not only to alternatively fuelled vehicles.
The European Caravan Federation welcomes the Commission proposal for a 4th Driving Licence Directive as it will play its major role in improving road safety and the free movement of citizens. But: The B driving licence up to 4.25 t must be accessible to all vehicles. The planned restriction to alternative propulsion systems does not ensure any real progress in the question of how quickly alternatively fuelled vehicles will enter the market.