Questions and answers

What vehicles need an operators licence?

What vehicles need an operators licence?

In essence, an operator’s licence is needed by anyone operating vehicles above 3.5 tonnes gvw when they are used to carry goods (anything not permanently attached to the vehicle) on public roads for trade or business purposes. This includes short-term rental vehicles hired for as little as one day.

How long does a goods vehicle operator’s licence last?

5 years
This licence allows you to carry your own goods, but not other people’s goods. Your licence will continue to be valid as long as you pay your continuation fee every 5 years and operate within the terms of your licence. You’ll be contacted every 5 years to make sure that your licence shows the correct information.

Do I need an operators licence to drive a 7.5 ton lorry?

Do I need an operator’s licence to hire a 7.5-tonne lorry? Yes, you’ll need an Operator’s licence, or O-licence, if your business carries goods over 3.5-tonnes (3,500 Kgs) gross plated weighted or unladen weight of more than 1.52-tonnes (1525 Kgs) in a lorry, van or any other vehicle.

How much is a standard operators licence?

Cost of a Licence If you apply for a Restricted or Standard licence, you must pay a one-off £257.00 application fee. If your licence application is successful, you will then have to pay a licensing fee of £401.00 which covers a period of five years.

Can I use someone else’s operators licence?

Operator licences aren’t ever transferable and discs should never be shared with other businesses – even if there is a margin. There are many cases where operators lend their licence or licence discs, even though they know it isn’t legal.

Who is exempt from using tachograph?

The main types of exempt vehicle are: vehicles that cannot go faster than 40 kilometres per hour, including vehicles that are restricted by a set speed limiter. emergency aid vehicles – vehicles used in the non-commercial transport of humanitarian aid for use in emergencies or rescue operations.

Does Driver CPC continue after Brexit?

You will still need Driver CPC to drive professionally in the UK after Brexit. You will still be able to drive to or through EU countries with your UK Driver CPC qualification for all international journeys that UK companies are allowed to make after a no-deal Brexit.

Can CPC be scrapped after Brexit?

Since Brexit, many have been asking – will the driver CPC be scrapped? In short – the answer is no. It will be accepted into legislation despite the UK leaving the EU.

How far can I drive without a tacho?

15 calendar days
You can only drive without a tacho card for a maximum of 15 calendar days. The DVLA is required to issue you a new card within 5 working days, so this should not be a huge problem. If your card has expired, you effectively don’t have one.

When do you need a goods vehicle operator’s licence?

You’ll need a goods vehicle operator’s licence for a motor vehicle and trailer combination if: You do not need an operator’s licence if your trailer’s unladen weight is less than 1,020 kg and you only carry your own goods.

Do you need a licence to operate a HGV?

You’ll need to hold a goods vehicle operator’s licence for each traffic area where you have an operating centre. Traffic commissioners are responsible in their area for: licensing operators of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) granting vocational licences taking action against drivers of HGVs

How much does it cost to get a vehicle operator license?

You must pay the application fee of £254.00 when applying for your licence as well as the £449.00 grant fee. All fees are non-refundable. Vehicle operator licensing will become a digital-only function during the contingency arrangements associated with COVID-19.

Where can I find the HGV operator guide?

For further information on HGV operator licensing please visit the Being a goods vehicle operator guide.