Recovery vehicles may remain exempt from Operator Licensing

The DfT has stated that the government wanted to help develop an industry-led voluntary standard for the sector rather than operator licensing.

However, the result of the Government’s Goods Vehicle Licensing Exemptions Consultation, which looked at bringing an estimated 4,000 exempt HGV-derived vehicles into the requirement to have an annual test, received support from more than 75% of respondents.

The DfT official stated that they wanted to work with the European Rescue and recovery Initiative and the Federation of Vehicle Recovery Associations to develop the recovery standard, which was formerly known a the R-licence; a voluntary scheme that sets standards for maintenance, training, and health and safety for recovery operations.

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