If you want to operate a goods vehicle with a gross plated weight of over 3.5 tonnes, whether for your business or hire and reward, then you need an operator licence. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) administer the operator licensing scheme on behalf of the Traffic Commissioners.
There are a number of options for the licence you may need, from restricted licence to a standard national or standard international operator’s licence, which of course is dependent on your business requirements.
Operator’s licence applications can be complicated and lengthy without the right advice and support. Furthermore, if your application is put together incorrectly this can lead to delays affecting your business, or you may be called to a Public Inquiry.
How Farleys can help
Initial Operator License Applications
Whether you are applying for an operator’s licence or looking to make changes to an existing license and are unsure of the process or requirements, Farleys’ transport law solicitors can assist you, helping you to establish what type of licence you require and supporting you through the application process.
Variations to Existing Operators Licences
Minor changes to an existing operator’s license can be made via a written application to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. In the event of major changes to the terms of a license, such as changes to the operating centre), it is then imperative that an application is made via the right forms and documentation.
Our specialist team have expertise in helping a number of road haulage and logistics businesses through the operator’s licence application process and can advise you as to what is required. Having been instructed to act on behalf of a number of operators at Public Inquiry on account of mistakes or omissions in applications, we know how essential it is to ensure that your operator’s licence application is correct on submission and appropriate for your business requirements.