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Discussion in 'Hybrid, PHEV & EV Electric Cars Forum' started by LV426, Apr 16, 2018.

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    I bit the bullet a couple of weeks ago and replaced my 1989 paper (only) licence with a photocard. And (as you do) I carefully checked off the vehicle codes I can drive to see that my old entitlement was properly carried forward. The codes have all changed, a lot, in the intervening period but I am briefly bemused by this:

    I can drive a car with manual transmission and therefore the same thing with automatic transmission.

    We all know that, for all practical purposes, driving a modern EV is virtually the same as an automatic.

    But then I see that I have "Electrically Propelled Vehicle" as an entitlement. I'm pretty sure this relates back to the days of milk-floats and the like with a huge heavy array of lead-acid batteries.

    Just bemused, though.........which entitlement is it that permits me to drive my Ioniq? Either or both?
     
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    EVs fall under the same category as Liquid Fuel Propelled Automatic Transmission Vehicles. Seems to have been combined into the B Cat in 1997

    DVLA Replied to someone on the same point

    Thank you for your e-mail enquiring about driving electric vehicles. DVLA is replying to you as routine business and not via the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    Prior to I January 1997, category B (car)licences also granted automatically, category L. Category L covered electrically propelled vehicles, such as milk floats, with the following exceptions; motor bicycle, moped, invalid carriage and mowing machine or pedestrian controlled vehicle.

    Since 1 January 1997 in order to drive vehicles that previously fell into category L, the driver would be required to hold a full category B or B1 licence depending on the weight of the vehicle. Category B is a motor vehicle having a maximum authorised mass not exceeding 3500kg and category B1 a three or four wheeled light vehicles with an unladen weight of no more than 550kg.

    Yours sincerely,

    David A Morgan
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    Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy and Communications Group | D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
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    Interesting, but I wonder whether the 1997 changes were retrospective to those who passed their test prior to that date. Not that it matters a jot in my (or most others') cases as I (and most others) have both anyway. Just a curiosity.
     

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