29/02/2024

29 February 2024
29 February 2024, Comments Comments Off on Extension of driving licences to 4.25 tonnes for motorhomes gets one step closer
Extension of driving licences to 4.25 tonnes for motorhomes gets one step closer

Further progress has been made towards an extension of the B driving licence to 4.25 tonnes for motor caravans by the European Parliament.

In its first reading on the reform of the Driving Licence Directive, the European Parliament approved an extension of the B driving licence to 4.25 tonnes for motor caravans and in December 2023, the second EU institution also gave the green light for the driving licence amendment the caravanning industry has been calling for.

The exact framework conditions for the extension of driving licences will be negotiated in the trialogue between the Commission, Council and Parliament after the new elections to the European Parliament (6 to 9 June 2024).

An extension to 4.25 tonnes offers the opportunity to make sustainable and family-friendly travel by motor caravan accessible to millions of people in the future.

The increase in the maximum permissible weight to 4.25 tonnes for the B driving licence is to apply to motor caravans and ambulances, regardless of the type of engine. For other vehicle types, the increase in the gross vehicle weight is linked to the use of an alternative drives.

The European caravanning industry has been campaigning for years through its umbrella association, the European Caravan Federation (ECF), to extend the weight limit of the B driving licence to 4.25 tonnes for all motorhomes. Simple, consumer-friendly regulations are necessary to enable people to enjoy climate-friendly, family-friendly and safe holidays. An increase in the weight limit to 4.25 tonnes, which is open to all technologies, will also serve regional development and contribute to the fulfilment of European sustainability goals