To run a road haulage business you will most likely need an Operator’s Licence.
This requires an application to be submitted to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. There are two types of Operator’s Licence – Restricted and Standard.
Whether you need an Operator’s Licence and, if so, the type of Operator’s Licence you need will depend upon the nature of your business and the vehicles which you intend to use. When considering the application, the Office of the Traffic Commissioner will need to be satisfied that you comply with the following core requirements:
1. Permanent Establishment
2. Good Repute
3. Professional Competence
4. Financial Standing
Once your Operator’s Licence has been granted, you will have to continue to comply with these core requirements (and any conditions and undertakings attached to your Operator’s Licence) at all times.
The Operator’s Licence will be reviewed periodically. In addition, after the Operator’s Licence has been granted, you may need to submit further applications to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner to make changes (for example, you may wish to add an Operating Centre or increase the number of vehicles which you wish to use).
Although there is a guide which applicants can follow, it is estimated by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner that about 80% of applications are not completed correctly. It is essential that all applications are completed fully and honestly and are accompanied by all the necessary supporting documents.
Ensuring that you comply with Operator Licensing requirements, either at the initial application stage or during the life of your Operator’s Licence, is not straightforward. Howard Catherall can advise and assist you.
Here are a few examples of issues which Howard can help you with:
• Do I actually need an Operator’s Licence?
• What type of Operator’s Licence do I need?
• I’ve been in trouble before – can I satisfy the good repute requirement?
• My finances aren’t straightforward – can I show that I have readily available funds?
• I need to use my vehicles urgently – what should I do?
• Objections have been raised to my application – how should I respond to this?
• My application is going to be considered at a Public Inquiry – what do I do now?
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