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PLEASE FIND INFORMATION REGARDING THE WORK MY COMPANY CARRIES OUT WITH A 7.5TON VEHICLE. WE ARE A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT COMPANY INSTALLING ROAD CONES AND SIGNS ON ALL TYPES OF ROADS THE VEHICLE WOULD CARRY THIS TYPE OF EQUIPMENT PLUS SAND BAGS AND CONE LAMPS.
WE DO NOT TRANSPORT ANY OTHER TYPE OF MATERIALS. IF YOU COULD INFORM ME IF I REQUIRE AN OPERATORS LICENCE OR NOT I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL.

MANY THANKS



The DVSA's Answer


I refer to your e – mail of 18 January, the Central Licensing Office in Leeds , concerning the above. It has been passed to this office for reply. Please accept my apologies for the considerable delay in replying.

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 (i.e the sand bags and con e lamps) 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. Therefore, on the basis of the information you have supplied, you 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.

Regards

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