Operators engaged with the vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons used in goods carriers, whether for hire or own account is legally required to have a CPC Operator licence.
This is composed of Standard National which can work in UK while the Standard International can be hired in UK and on other Europe countries. Lastly, the Restricted which is an own account that may be used in national or international.
This CPC operator licence is issued in the name of the vehicle user. The person who gives wages to the drivers should have the Operator licence. You will be qualified if you are an owner at the same time a driver, or you pay someone to drive your vehicle to have the Operator licence.
CPC Operator licence application is made centrally to the Traffic Area Office. You should submit your application at least nine weeks before the commencement date of the Operator licence.
Each CPC Operator licence is valid for five years and can be renewed after the next period. An operator will be dismissed from service if he fails to pay the fees on time or if the Traffic Commissioner takes it back. Before the CPC issuance, you must meet the requirements for you to be qualified by the Traffic Commissioner as an Operator licence holder.
Upon obtaining the Operator licence, you must need to sign a waiver stating on observing the handling and management of the drivers working hours and their records, maintenance and adequate finance, overloading and informing the Traffic Commissioner if any changes occur that will affect the licence criteria.