In 1998, after several years of debate, European Union (EU) Ministers finally agreed to several changes to the 1996 EU directive which sets out rules on 'admission to the occupation'. The original legislation, dating from the 1970s, aimed to apply some common standard to the different licensing systems applying to EU member states, which vary considerably from country to country. The recently agreed changes apply to several key areas which will directly affect road freight operator licensing: (1) increased financial standing figures; (2) stricter good repute requirements; (3) a revised CPC syllabus and a new examination; and (4) a system of periodic checks on these criteria. This article discusses each of these areas. For all types of licence, Traffic Commissioners must be satisfied that sufficient financial resources are available to keep vehicles in a fit and serviceable condition. They are likely to ask how much money an operating company can find, if necessary, how quickly it can be obtained, and where it will come from. They continue to have wide discretion in assessing a company's good repute, but there are now additional criteria. Case study examinations will be added to CPC examinations. The requirement of periodic checks is likely to lead to some changes in the paperwork issued to operators.

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    Freight Transport Association

    Hermes House, St. Johns Road
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9UZ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • THOMAS, O
  • Publication Date: 1999-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 24,26
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 32
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Freight Transport Association
    • ISSN: 0016-0849

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  • Accession Number: 00780947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2000 12:00AM