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Can a Standard National operator licence holder apply for an International Standard operator licence and if so, how?

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Published on LexisPSL on 12/10/2018

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  • Can a Standard National operator licence holder apply for an International Standard operator licence and if so, how?
  • Standard National operator licences and International Standard operator licences
  • Varying a goods vehicle operator’s licence

Can a Standard National operator licence holder apply for an International Standard operator licence and if so, how?

Standard National operator licences and International Standard operator licences

Under the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995, there are three types of goods vehicle operator's licence:

  1. a standard international licence for national and international haulage operations carrying goods for hire or reward, or

  2. a standard national licence for national haulage operations only, carrying goods for hire or reward, and

  3. a restricted licence for the carriage of goods on the licence holder’s own account in connection with their business

A standard licence is an operator's licence under which a goods vehicle may be used on a road for the carriage of goods for hire, reward or in connection with a business. A restricted licence permits the use of a goods vehicle on a road for the carriage of goods for or in connection with any trade or business carried on by the holder of the licence, other than that of carrying goods for hire or reward.

General haulage companies or delivery businesses tend to hold standard licences as the very nature of their business means that they are hauling goods for other people in return for payment. However, companies such as retailers carrying their own goods to their stores for onward sale, or manufacturers transferring their own goods between sites

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