If you need help applying for an operator’s licence (often called an o-Licence) then we are here to listen and advise you – contact us now!
We can help with obtaining an operator’s licence for those in the haulage industry.
You need an operator’s licence to carry goods whilst “using” a HGV or similar sized vehicle. You will be “using” a vehicle if you are the driver and are the owner, or the vehicle is in your lawful possession under an agreement for hire, hire purchase, or loan. You will also be “using” a vehicle if the driver is your agent or employee.
There are some exceptions, including certain private uses, undertakers, certain trading licences, etc.
There are three types of licence:
- To carry your own goods in the course of your trade or business you need a restricted licence. You must not carry goods for other people if you have a restricted licence.
- A standard national licence allows you to carry your own goods in Great Britain, AND to carry goods for other people in Great Britain. Even if you carry other people’s goods only occasionally, you must have a standard national licence.
- A standard international licence allows you to carry goods for others, both in Great Britain and on international journeys. Operators who are issued with international licences will also receive Community Authorisations which are required for all hire or reward operations in European Union Countries.
The comments above are general and should not be taken as a definitive statement of the law or procedure. Expert advice should always be sought on this area. We have not attempted to cover all the obligations or legal requirements that may arise.