Changes to the UK operator licensing regime & arrangements for the temporary posting of workers


Changes to the UK operator licensing regime and arrangements for the temporary posting of workers in the UK and EU: outcome


A consultation was undertaken in 2021 seeking views and evidence regarding proposed operator licencing changes of including hire and reward vehicles, as well as ensuring temporary service workers rights.


This report gives a summary of responses and outcome of the call for evidence on changes to the operator licensing regime and arrangements for the temporary posting of workers in the UK and EU. The main outcomes were:

  • The call for evidence received a total of 113 responses.

  • A slight respondent majority supported the new requirements, with several feeling that the licensing regime should be extended more widely to all UK operators.

  • For environmental considerations, a slight majority were of the view that the same parking and advertising requirements for heavy goods vehicle operators should apply to light goods vehicle (LGV) operators, although the Department for Transport decided to proceed as intended.

  • A small number of organisations replied that, due to these changes, they would need to either employ new qualified transport mangers or send existing transport managers on a course to obtain qualification.

  • Responses broadly agreed that around 21,000 LGVs in Great Britain and Northern Ireland would be affected by the planned changes, and that around 4,200 operators would need to apply for an operator licence.

The report is available here.

Department for Transport January 2022

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