The law for driving licenses for electric cars must be changed. The current legislation makes it less attractive to get a driver’s license in an electric car, according to the Danish Drivers’ Union.
That’s what Politiken writes.
EU legislation means that you may not drive cars with a manual transmission if you have obtained a driving license for an electric car. Electric cars have automatic transmissions.
– This causes a lot of people to opt out of getting a driver’s license in an electric car, and there is a need for a change in the law, says chairman of the Danish Drivers’ Union Bent Grue to Politiken.
According to Danish law, you must take a new driving test if you have obtained a driving license for an electric car, but also want to be allowed to drive a car with a manual transmission.
Bent Grue believes that the few students who, despite the legislation, choose to get a driving license in an electric car, become better drivers faster, “because they can focus on the traffic instead of thinking about gears and coupling points”.
The Danish Driving Instructors’ Union also believes that the current legislation forces driving instructors to stick to their cars with internal combustion engines.
Transport Minister Thomas Danielsen (V) tells Politiken that he is aware that the current EU legislation creates challenges for driving instructors.
According to the minister, the EU Commission will come up with new proposals for a new driving license directive and, in the long term, look at a more flexible approach to cars with manual transmission for drivers who have obtained a driving license in an electric car.
Driving school students in Denmark used two million liters of petrol and diesel last year and emitted 5825 tonnes of CO2.
This shows calculations that the Council for Green Transition has made for Politiken based on data from the Danish Drivers’ Union.
Senior advisor Jeppe Juul from the Council for Green Transition estimates that almost 70 percent of the emissions could have been avoided if driving had taken place in an electric car. He says that to Politiken.
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