What is an Operator Licence and who needs one?
What is an Operator Licence?
An Operator Licence, also known as an O Licence, is a legal requirement if your business uses goods vehicles above a certain weight and is administered by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on behalf of the traffic commissioners.
The main purpose of vehicle operator licensing is to ensure the safe and proper use of goods vehicles and to protect the environment around operating centres.
You must make sure that any drivers you use or employ have the correct licence and training and that all vehicles that you use are correctly taxed and kept safe and in good condition at all times. The DVSA carries out regular roadside vehicle checks and checks on operating centres and your licence could be taken away, suspended or restricted if you do not meet the required standards.