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Commercial vehicle operator licence scheme

About the Scheme

The scheme is being brought in by Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), it is designed to:

  • improve and promote vehicle road safety in line with best practice
  • ensure that all commercially operated goods vehicles and trailers being used in Jersey are maintained and operated to a set of recognised standards
  • improve the environmental credentials of commercial vehicles in Jersey
  • ensure that industry best practice becomes the benchmark for local operators, creating a level playing field for operators

Who the scheme applies to

The scheme only applies if you are operating commercial vehicles in the Island.

You will need an operator’s licence if you use one of the following vehicles in connection with a trade, profession or business:

  • goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) greater than 3500kg (but not passenger-carrying vehicles)
  • semi-trailers
  • draw bar trailers (with an unladen weight greater than 1020kg)

The scheme does not extend to agricultural vehicles.

What operators will be required to do

You’ll need to apply for a licence to operate. If you’re an existing operator, transitional provisions will be put in place to ensure you can continue to operate.

As part of the applications process, you will be asked to make certain binding commitments. These will include: 

  • ensure vehicles and trailers are always maintained in a roadworthy condition
  • having a Transport Manager who is accountable for the management of the operation
  • having appropriate arrangements in place for the maintenance of vehicles
  • conducting regular safety checks of vehicles
  • vehicles having annual roadworthiness inspections
  • vehicles being driven and operated by able drivers
  • ensuring records are kept about training, safety inspections, routine maintenance and repairs

As a licence holder, you’ll be required to keep to the commitments made an operate all times within the terms and condition of the licence.

Drive and Vehicle Standards (DVS) role

DVS will focus on assisting you to meet the terms of the operator licence.

Compliance activity will be focused on issues identified or information received indicating that licence terms are not being met. In these circumstances, DVS will seek to work with you to raise standards.

Those operators who consistently fail to meet the standards or to implement recommended improvements will be subject to action, which may include being subject to an audit or ultimately having the license suspended or revoked.

When the scheme comes into force

DVS is currently in the process of developing the legislation required to bring the scheme in.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the engagement phase prior to implementing the scheme, has been put on hold. DVS is working to re-start this engagement early in 2021.

What action is required

You are not required to take any action, but you may wish to familiarise yourself with the scheme and start to prepare your organisation for any changes that maybe required so you can meet the terms of the licencing scheme.

Leading up to the implementation of the scheme, DVS will establish a comprehensive engagement programme to make sure you understand what will be required of you and when.

If you have not already done so, please let DVS have your contact details, so you can receive the latest information on the scheme and receive invites to engagement events.

Further information

Industry presentation 7 November 2019

Two draft guides are available setting out the scheme in more detail:


If you would like further information, provide your contact details or discuss the scheme with officers, please contact DVS.

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