This will apply to you if your company is based in Great Britain or Northern Ireland and use:
- vans or other light commercial vehicles
- vans towing trailers
- cars towing trailers
If you do not have a goods vehicle operator licence either appoint a transport manager or get a goods vehicle operator licence.
Appointing a transport manager
You can apply to get an existing member of staff (including yourself) temporarily recognised as a transport manager, employ someone with a Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification or hire in an external qualified transport manager
Gaining an O Licence
You can apply for a standard international licence which lets you transport your own and other people’s goods at https://www.gov.uk/apply-vehicle-operator-licence which should take in the region of seven weeks. It costs £257 to apply for an operator licence and if your application is successful, you will need to pay £401 for the licence. You’ll then need to pay a continuation fee every 5 years to keep your licence active which costs £401.
Many transport operators already use Jaama’s Key2 Vehicle Management system to help them to meet their ‘O’ Licence responsibilities, making it easy for a busy transport manager to ensure driver issues relating to working hours or driving licence validation don’t slip through the net.
Key2 contains built-in rule sets that make it impossible to omit information thus giving a transparent audit trail and reporting by exception. The platform delivers operational and safety compliance as well as financial and administrative savings for large and small fleets operating nationally and internationally.