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Which PSV Operators License?

There are four types of PSV Operator Licences and below is an overview of each type of licence:

Special Restricted PSV Operator’s Licence

A special restricted licence can only be granted to someone who already holds a taxi licence, or PHV licence. Its only use is to let a licensed taxi, or PHV operate on a local service. The application process is different for this type of licence. Further information can be found here.

Restricted PSV Operator’s Licence

This type of operator licence does not require you to have a transport manager. It is for those operating vehicles with 8 or fewer vehicles or who are operating vehicles with 9-16 seats as a secondary occupation, or in the course of another business such as running a hotel. The maximum number of vehicles which can be authorised under a Restricted Licence is two.

Standard National PSV Operator’s Licence

If you intend to operate more than two vehicles or don’t fulfill the criteria for a Restricted Operator’s licence, you’ll need a Standard National or International Licence. You will be required to have a nominated transport manager who holds the appropriate CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) qualification. A Standard Licence only allows you to operate vehicles within the UK.

Standard International PSV Operator’s Licence

This licence is the same as the Standard National Licence, save for the fact it allows the holder to operate vehicles outside of the UK.

We appreciate that PSV O Licensing can be confusing; it can be difficult to know what licence you need, what forms to fill out, how to answer certain questions, and what documents to send. It’s also important that if you’re applying for an O licence, you know what you’re signing up to and what the Traffic Commissioner will expect from you if he or she grants you an O licence.

If you’d like help making an application, if you’ve been refused a licence, or just want some guidance, we can help.


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