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Apply for an Operator Licence

Are you thinking of starting a business that requires the use of vehicles above 3.5 tonnes? Or perhaps your business can no longer sustain using smaller vans or trucks to transport materials from A to B and larger vehicles are required?

To apply for an operator licence can be a time-consuming and error-strewn process especially if you’re new to the world of operating commercial vehicles.

Many businesses in Scotland apply for an operator licence but often lack the necessary knowledge of the system and subject themselves to lengthy, drawn-out application processes.

A large percentage of applications received by the Central Licensing Office are either inaccurate or incomplete – at an RHA briefing in 2017, Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt stated that at one point, 87% of applications received were of this nature.

This has an impact on the time it takes to process applications, meaning many prospective operators can be left frustrated and sometimes out of pocket if errors have been made with the advertising requirement. It also takes time and effort to keep on top of the application to ensure it is progressing in the correct manner.


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How We Can Help

With our Application Express service, we have been helping businesses to apply for an operator licence for 20 years, and have an acute knowledge of how applications are processed at the Central Licensing Office.

We will map out the likeliest outcome for your application at an early stage and will take time to perform thorough due diligence checks to ensure no unforeseen issue prevents you from getting an operator licence.

Whilst you concentrate on running your business, we will complete your application and arrange your newspaper advertisement before submitting your application on your behalf. We will undertake all communication with your DVSA caseworker to resolve any requests for further information and will regularly update you on the progress of your application.

We will advise you on:

We have helped hundreds of Scottish operators obtain their first licence – will you be next?

What is included?

  • Full consultation with one of our application experts
  • Setting up your Vehicle Operator Licensing (VOL) account
  • Detailed due diligence prior to submission of your application
  • Arranging Public Notice advertisement
  • Liaising with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner on your behalf
  • Responding to any additional requests for evidence
  • Regular e-mail updates on the progress of your application
  • Support and guidance throughout the application process

How to get started

If you are ready to get your operator licence application underway, please complete the form below and click submit.

We will then be in touch with you to arrange your Discovery Call where we will discuss your needs and collect some information – and then you can leave the rest to us.


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