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Protecting your O-licence

  • 13 March 2014
  • By Roger Brown

In recent months we’ve seen more and more restricted O-licence holders face public inquiry because of serious and persistent drivers’ hours offences, writes Tachodisc compliance manager Angela Eardley. Unlike operators that require a standard national or international licence, restricted O-licence holders don’t have to have a CPC, but they do need to satisfy the Traffic Commissioner that they operate legally; so how are they informed or indeed kept abreast of legislation?

When digital tachographs were first introduced in 2006, the industry was flooded with information via the media, trade bodies and companies like us for the first few years – it’s not so prevalent now.  But, it must be recognised that there are companies out there who’ve only recently or still haven’t embraced digital tachographs; so there is an ongoing need for us to make these operators aware that training on all aspect of tachographs and legislation is always available to ensure they fulfil their legal responsibilities.

For would-be operators with enough money in the bank and no adverse history, a restricted O-licence is relatively easy to obtain. This licence is held by companies that are not engaged in hire or reward haulage and are carrying their own goods for distribution or trade purposes. Many in the industry could consider this illogical – particularly as there is no limit to the number of vehicles that can be operated under such a licence.

However, just because there’s no requirement to have a CPC holder, it doesn’t mean that the operator does not need specialist knowledge, especially relating to the law and digital tachographs  – which is evident from the recent spate of public inquiries. After all if you want to protect your O-licence and your business, you must take responsibility for your actions. 

To combat this issue, training is essential, and there are a whole range of courses and seminars available that are not as onerous as a full CPC, but are extremely informative, particularly for operators not in regular contact with other hauliers.

In particular, one of our most popular courses is a ‘CPC refresher’ course, which is ideal for non-CPC holders wishing to obtain an overview of their obligations. This 2-day course is significantly shorter than the standard CPC, and importantly covers Working Time Regulations 2005, Digital Tachographs 2006, OCRS scoring 2007, New Drivers Hours 2007, Corporate Manslaughter 2008, Graduated Fixed penalty 2009 and Driver CPC.

This type of management training is crucial to operate legally and significantly that they understand the importance of being compliant.

Equally important is the training of drivers. Drivers have to be kept up to date with drivers’ hours law, and the road transport directive and know how to carry out essential tasks such as daily walk-around checks and the keeping of accurate records, all of which is covered, together with other subjects in our Driver CPC courses.


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