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Number of O-licences in circulation continues to fall

  • 09 December 2013
  • By Roger Brown

The latest traffic commissioners’ (TC) report has revealed a drop of more than 3,000 in the number of O-licences in circulation since last year.

Statistics from the document, published last week, show that the total number of licences in issue fell from 84,072 in 2011/12 to 80,894 in 2012/13.Licence numbers have been falling since 1999/2000, when there were 110,067 in circulation, with only 2002/03 and 2007/08 showing slight increases.

A total of 303 O-licences were revoked in 2012/13, compared with 322 in 2011/12, while the number of licence suspensions jumped from 97 to 135.

North East TC Kevin Rooney said: “It is impossible to miss the continuing downsizing of the GB CV fleet, both in terms of vehicles specified and numbers of operators.

“The business realities that cause this shrinkage play themselves out day in, day out in the public inquiry room, whether it be an application following a pre-pack administration or an operator who has cut costs on maintenance or not replaced his fleet.”

Licence holder disqualifications went up year-on-year from 37 to 45, while transport manager disqualifications rose to 67 from 57 the previous year.

TC for Scotland Joan Aitken said: “For every revoked or insolvent operator there seems to be a phoenix.”


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