There are three types of licence:
You need a goods vehicle operator’s licence if your business uses goods vehicles above a certain weight.
You need a licence to carry goods in a lorry, van or other vehicle with either:
There are 3 different types of licence - what you need depends on the work you do. You must also make sure that any drivers you use or employ have the correct licence and training. All vehicles that you use should be correctly taxed and kept safe and in good condition at all times. Some goods vehicles don’t need an operator’s licence – if you suspect you may be exempt but unsure, please call us on 01206 848425.
You’ll need a goods vehicle operator’s licence for a motor vehicle and trailer combination if:
You don’t need an operator’s licence if your trailer’s unladen weight is less than 1,020 kg and you only carry your own goods.
You’ll need a standard licence if you’re carrying other people’s goods for hire or reward (eg working as a courier or freight transport business) and the vehicle and trailer combination exceeds the weight limits above for a single vehicle.
a. Standard national licence
This licence means you can carry:
You can also take loaded trailers to or from ports within the UK as part of an international journey, as long as your vehicles don’t leave the country.
b. Standard international licence
This licence means you can carry your own goods, and other people’s goods, both in the UK and on international journeys. When you get a standard international licence, you can also request the issue of Community Licences. These allow:
c. Restricted licence
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.
The goods vehicle operator licensing scheme is administered by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on behalf of the traffic commissioners.
Apply for your goods vehicle operator’s licence at least 9 weeks before you want to start operating, to allow time for your application to be processed.
You will also need to:
You’ll have to pay a fee to apply for a licence.
Once you have a goods vehicle operator’s licence, you may need to change certain details held on it.
If you would like us to assist with your o’licence application/changes to your licence
Click here to email us or Call us on 01206 848425call us on 01206 848425,
alternatively fill in the form at the bottom of the page.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency carries out regular roadside vehicle checks and checks on operating centres. They then submit information to the independent traffic commissioners.
Your vehicle may be prohibited or immobilised if a DVSA roadside check finds that:
Your licence could be taken away, suspended or restricted by the traffic commissioner if you:
The traffic commissioner may decide to call you to a public inquiry to consider if any action against your licence is necessary.
Complete this form to find out more about applying for an operators licence.