What is an Operators Licence?

A simple definition of Operator’s Licence is: It an instrument of regulation, though which compliance to legislation as past by acts of law is maintained. The legislation is often made up of a body of regulations, & is often referred to as, a regime. In the case of operating licensing regulations, it can be referred to as the Operator Licensing Regime. 

The legislation in relation to operator licensing, is made up of a number Acts of Law passed by parliament, examples are: Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act1995 (the Act), the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Regulations 1995, the Road Transport Operator Regulations 2011. Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981, The Transport Act 1985, The Public Service Vehicles (Operators’ Licences) Regulations 1995 & The Road Transport Operator Regulations 2011. Please note; that these acts are in conjunction with the EU Regulations, which currently UK Law, & regulations must adhere to

Current EU single market transport operator’s licence regulations. Are largely base on the original UK legislation, the Transport Act 1968. The Transport Act 1968, seeks to encourage competition, by not arbitrarily controlling the number of goods vehicle operators in the market. However, the Transport Act 1968 does ensure that transport operations must be conducted in a safe and legal manner. There is a strict quality criterion, for those applying for an operator’s licence, for vehicles who’s use falls under the act. That criteria has to be met, before an Operator’s Licence is granted.

These acts & the powers granted within them are used by the regulatory body, known as the Office of The Traffic Commissioner. Along with the enforcement’s bodies, the Police, & the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (formally known as VOSA, Vehicle Operators Standard Agency) to make sure all operator’s licence holders maintain compliance to the Operator Licensing Regime, or regulations.

The purpose of the Operator’s Licence Regime, is to make sure the safe and proper use of vehicles, which fall under the Operator Licensing Regulations, which are use of a commercial purpose. Those vehicles which come under those regulations are either considered, Goods Vehicles (HGV), & Public/Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV). Along with ensuring that the general public are safe, helping in the prevention of crime were commercial vehicles are used, protecting the environment, not just on the roads but also surrounding areas were commercial vehicles are being operated. In addition to the maintaining of fair competition, in the road transport industry. Plus, non-compliant commercial vehicle operators are targeted effectively.

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This Website and the information shown on it, has been produced as a basic guide, to show the relationship between a CPC Holder, & the Operator Licence Regime. Therefore, it cannot be considered as formal legal advice.