OCRS – Operator Compliance Risk Score

Traffic Lights

The OCRS score, is sometimes referred to as “the traffic light system”, is to identify roadworthiness and traffic enforcement for each operator licence. The roadworthiness score usually relates to events which are known about in advance, such as first vehicle test or annual vehicle tests (MOT), but may also include roadside inspections or inspections at…

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Vehicle Maintenance Requirements in Operator Licensing

The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness is like go to guide when it comes to vehicle maintenance arrangements to satisfy the Traffic Commissioner, and ensure that all vehicles are in a fit and serviceable condition, as vehicle safety is main priority. So what makes a robust maintenance system? A robust system is made up of more…

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What are the Requirements for Obtaining an Operator Licence?

Operator licence applications must meet a number of requirements which includes fitness to hold a licence, maintenance arrangements, control of drivers’s hours records and overloading, a suitable operating centre and financial standing. GOOD REPUTE Good repute means that applicants must advise the Traffic Commissioner about any notifiable offences committed by the relevant persons involved in…

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Main Differences Between Goods Vehicle (LGV / HGV) and Passenger Licensing (PSV / PCV)

Bus Service

OPERATOR LICENCES The differences in the licences are that there are 4 options with passenger carrying licences, whereas there are only 3 for road transport. PSV / PCV licences also have the ‘special restricted licence’ in addition to restricted, standard national and standard international. Special restricted licences are a specific licence type which allows a…

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Operator Licence Applications & Issuing


In 2018 the application process went digital and the use of the online system called VOL (Vehicle Operator Licensing) became more pivotal to management of any operator licence.   So what is needed to gain an operator license? This is something we do to help people each day to walk them through the process, and…

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Persons Involved in Operator Licensing 

Coach and Lorry

Parties to operator licensing may seem obvious but it is important to remember the roles which these parties play and what each person expects from the other. The two principle parties are the Traffic Commissioner and the Operator. In addition to this your nominated transport manager is also a consideration as they play an important…

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What are the Types of Licences for Goods Vehicles (LGV/HGV/Vans/Car & Trailer)? 

Traffic in Europe

There are different types of operator licences depending on their use, an overview of these is below: RESTRICTED Operator Licence  Restricted licences are the type of licences which are commonly used by businesses which are within the scope of the rules, but not completely as their main activity is not transport. Examples of restricted licence holders…

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Who Needs An Operator Licence?

𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝑵𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒏 𝑶𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝑳𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆? If you wish to operate vehicles larger than 3.5 tonnes or. Passenger carrying vehicles with more than eight passenger seats you will need to have an operators licence to trade. Depending on the nature of your operations will determine what kind of licence you will need. If transport is not…

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