Employers wishing to use this new legislation must use LGV instructors who are on the NRI (or NVDIR) to carry out the training. Training can be done by either in-house instructors or instructors employed by training companies, but the instructor must be on NRI or NVDIR.
Drivers must do a minimum of five hours specific training on how to drive an AFV over 3.5 tonnes. The DVSA recommends that drivers practice driving on the road following the five hours’ training. The training can be a mixture of theory and practical (such as demonstrations with equipment), with a maximum driver and instructor ratio of 20:1.
Details of the training syllabus are found in:
The syllabus outlines what should be included in the training and what the expected learning outcomes will be. The training must include vehicle handling techniques when driving a loaded alternative fuelled vehicle, refuelling alternative fuel types and the safe loading of alternative fuelled vehicles. The syllabus is flexible, employers, in discussion with their own in-house instructors or instructors employed by training providers should agree a training programme that relates to their specific AFV fleet and the duties of their drivers.
Employers and drivers are able to procure training from any NRI-registered instructor who offers AFV training. The fee for the training is a matter of commercial negotiation between the parties.
To check whether a vehicle qualifies as an alternatively-fuelled vehicle go to: https://www.gov.uk/co2-and-vehicle-tax-tools