Local authority activities

This chapter covers the regulations and exemptions specific to local authorities, including vehicle construction and use, drivers' hours, licensing (including operator licensing), rebated fuel, testing and plating.

Updates for 2024:

  • Updated guidance on the 'vehicles used in connection with public services' derogation from EU drivers' hours rules.

  • Updates to the permitted uses in rebated fuel.

  • Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

Download the local authority activities chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law


  • General.

  • Operator licensing.

  • Drivers’ hours, records and tachographs.

  • Driver licensing.

  • Construction and use.

  • Lighting regulations.

  • Testing and plating.

  • Excise duty.

  • Tractors and trailers.

  • Rebated fuel (red diesel).

  • The enforcement of moving traffic contraventions by local authorities outside of London.

  • Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN).


Operational Complexities?

Local authorities operate a wide variety of vehicles, and the legal requirements are complicated because of the range of exemptions and concessions which apply to certain vehicles but not to others. In view of such operational complexities, Logistics UK provides dedicated local authority training courses, seminars, and facilitation of member networking and a range of additional support services.