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With Becky Martin, Senior Transport Advisor, Logistics UK


Box it off

Q - When we are entering an address of the company onto the vehicle operator licensing system (VOL) can we use a PO Box address?

A - The use of Post Office (PO) boxes is excluded from the application forms. A PO Box can never be a suitable address to meet the requirement on a standard licence for a stable establishment (Once the amendments from the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 to the Companies Act 2006 come into force, companies will be required to supply a registered email address and will not be able to use a PO Box as their registered office address). In the exceptional event that an application is made for an operator to have a PO Box as a correspondence address this must be referred to the Traffic Commissioner.


There's no limit

Q - How many vehicles can I have on the margin of my operator licence?

A - There is no limit or set number. You will need to show sufficient financial standing and

that you have enough space at your proposed operating centre for all authorised vehicles

and trailers. The Senior Traffic Commissioner guidance is that any vehicle in an operator’s

‘lawful possession’ is deemed to be in use and should be listed on the operator licence,

although if a vehicle is SORN, this does not need to be listed on the operator licence.



Published On: 14/03/2024 00:00:00


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