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Van operators receive clarity over operator licensing fees
As previously reported in Logistics Magazine, the operator licensing regime will extend to selected vans from May 2022.
The vans that will come into scope will be limited to vehicles operating internationally and used for hire and reward that weigh more than 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes. This means that vans used by couriers and delivery services to carry goods internationally, including across the border with the Republic of Ireland, will be subject to the operator licensing regime for the first time.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that the usual fees for operator licensing will apply to vans coming into scope. These range from £68 for the issue of an interim licence to £401 for the issue of a licence or the continuation of a licence after five years.
James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation, Logistics UK, said: “While it is true that only a minority of the UK’s 4.6 million vans on Britain’s roads will come into the scope of operator licensing next spring, for those van operators that will be affected, this clarity from the Department for Transport regarding operator licensing fees is very welcome. However, Logistics UK is mindful that this will add additional costs onto what for many operators is already a low margin business.”
Published On: 02/12/2021 16:00:00