Operator’s licence offences can prove to be an extremely complex area of the law; if you are being investigated or prosecuted it is important that you seek legal advice from expert solicitors as soon as possible. Contact our road haulage experts for free initial advice on how to achieve the best possible outcome tailored to your personal circumstances. 24/7 helpline, 0845 00 20736.
It is an offence to operate heavy goods vehicles for hire and reward or for business purposes without holding the appropriate operator’s licence. This offence carries a fine of up to £5,000 and unauthorised use of goods vehicles is a matter which will be taken very seriously by the Traffic Commissioner. Operators can often commit this offence without realising, for example following the transfer from sole trader status to limited company status where the question of a new licence application is overlooked. Offences can also be committed where operators fail to observe conditions which have been attached to their licence.
It is also an offence to use, lend, alter or forge an operator’s licence with intent to deceive. This is a serious offence which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
Many operator’s licence prosecutions can be successfully defended. If you face prosecution for these offences it vital that you seek specialist advice as soon as possible. To speak with one of our specialist transport solicitors call 0845 00 20736.