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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'll 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'll be asked to make certain binding commitments including: 

  • ensuring 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.

Draft guides

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

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 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. This may include being subject to an audit or ultimately having the license suspended or revoked.

When the scheme comes into force

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

The engagement phase prior to implementing the scheme, is currently being hosted via online live events. View the recordings of these events:

Live recording from 13 July 2021 on Youtube

Live recording from 23 July 2021 on Youtube

Live recording from 29 July 2021 on Youtube

What action is required

You're 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.

Register your contact details with DVS so you can receive the latest information on the scheme and receive invites to engagement events.

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