What our 'O' Licence application package includes
We charge a flat rate of £299 for our operator licence application service. The fee includes the services listed above.
There are additional statutory fees which are detailed as follows. These fees are fixed by the DVSA and newspaper publishes.
Additional Statutory Fees
DVSA Application Fee (The fee for DVSA to accept and process your application) £257
Public Notice Fee (To advertise your application, costs vary on location) £250
DVSA Licence Issue Fee (Payable upon approval of your licence) £401
You are considered the user if:
There are a variety of O licence types that could be suitable to your needs.
There are a few exemptions when it comes to Operator Licensing. These are the most common:
To qualify for an Operator’s Licence, whether it is Standard or Restricted Licence, you must satisfy a traffic commissioner that you:
For a Standard Licence there are three other requirements:
Note: Licence holders are not required to own or hire a vehicle all the time, for example where licences are granted for seasonal work. However in these cases, a formal agreement must be in place to hire or otherwise secure access to a vehicle when one is required. A license cannot be granted when no vehicles are in possession and no formal hire agreement is in place.
Since you cannot keep goods vehicles over 3.5t GVW on a public road you are going to need a safe and secure facility to base your vehicles. This is your Operating Centre and should have sufficient off-street parking for all your vehicles and trailers.
When you apply for a licence you will be asked to list your proposed operating centres and provide information about the vehicles you intend to keep there. If you do not own the operating centre you may be asked to provide evidence that you are entitled to use it. You will also need to satisfy a traffic commissioner that your operating centres are suitable, for example that they will:
If you are applying for a standard national or international licence, you will need to have at least one transport manager who satisfies the requirements of good repute and professional competence. There are two types of transport manager: Internal and External.
Internal Transport Managers are closely connected with the Operator. To qualify as an Internal Transport Manager they must:
You can employ an external Transport Manager to work as a consultant on a contract or part time basis if you do not fulfil the role as of Transport Manager, for example due to a lack of qualifications or are a owner driver or sole trader, or do not currently have in Internal Transport Manger.
The contractor must have effective and continuous management responsibility for the transport activities of the operator and:
You should apply for your O Licence at least 9 weeks before the date when the licence is needed. This allows time for the Traffic Commissioner to make any enquiries thought to be needed. In straightforward cases a licence should be issued within those 9 weeks.
You could write to the Traffic Area Office giving reasons why you want to operate urgently. The Traffic Commissioner may issue an interim licence, but can only do so if you have applied for a full licence. A fee will be charged for the issue of the interim licence and for each vehicle specified for use. When the fee is paid a vehicle identity disc will be sent to you for display on the windscreen.
Remember: an interim licence does not guarantee that you will get a full licence. Until you get a firm decision on that, you would be unwise to make any long term commitments.
Evidence you can use to show financial standing
Most operators use bank statements to prove their financial standing.
If your recent statements don’t show finance at the new levels, check whether you’ve got any other evidence that will be accepted.
The Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Guidance document on finance gives more information about the financial evidence you can use. The main ones are:
IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPERATE BEFORE AN OPERATOR LICENCE IS ISSUED.
The key benefits are saving time and money. Every application made to the Traffic Commissioner is carefully scrutinised. Any errors will delay the process and prompt further inquiries by the authorities. If the errors aren’t promptly dealt with you risk losing your statutory fee. And risk losing the monies paid for a GVOL Notice.
We will make all the key checks before submission to avoid any errors. For instance; is the GVOL Notice correctly worded? Is the operating centre suitable? Is the maintenance provider capable of meeting the inspection requirements? Is your financial standing sufficient? Are the Directors of good standing?
All of these things and more will be carefully reviewed before submission. We will remain in contact with your caseworker throughout the process.