Exhibition Vehicles

The Question

Hello i have just spoken to vosa on (number deleted as it is now invalid) and asked the lady if i require an operators licence having previously checked at vosa ************** and was told i didnt require one.

I have the following :

A 7.5 ton leyland daf converted to an exhibition unit with a fold down side (to form a stage) it has the ability to sleep 2 people with hot and cold water cooker and toilet facilities.

We intend to use this vehicle for outside displays/exhibitions to promote our business.

can you please advise if i need an operators licence or not if so what type of licence would be required and how do i go about obtaining one


The DVSA's Answer

I refer to your e – mail of 11 January, concerning the above. Please accept my apologies for the considerable delay in replying.

Exhibition vehicles

Most goods vehicles with a gross plated weight of over 3.5 tonnes or, if there is no plated weight, an unladen weight of over 1525 kg require a goods vehicle operator’s licence, if they are used to carry goods or burden of any description in connection with a trade or business, or for hire or reward. The requirement also applies to vehicles used for infrequent periods - such as one day. In the case of vehicles used for exhibition purposes; in our view, such vehicles are not exempt from goods vehicle operator licensing as they are being used in connection with a trade or business and goods (e.g furniture, display units, brochures, leaflets etc..) are most likely being carried on the vehicle.

As this is the case, would be advised to hold an operators' licence and your best course of action would be to contact the national enquiry number (0300 123 9000) and request a starter pack so that you may apply for a licence.

A restricted licence should be sufficient, provided that you are carrying your own goods.

I should point out that this is in VOSA’s view and does not constitute legal opinion.

I hope that the information given above has been of some help. If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact me. Once again, please accept my apologies for the delay in sending a full reply.


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