Operators Licence Offences(LC20 Conviction) & Traffic Commissioner Appeals

The DVSA (The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) is the regulatory body for operator licences and local Traffic Commissioners are responsible for HGV and PSV operators licensing and have the power to issue and revoke licences.

Anyone who drives a public service vehicle (PSV) or a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) for any type of business must hold a valid operator’s licence. If you or your employer do not hold a valid operator’s licence the vehicle could be impounded and scrapped after 21 days unless an appeal is made to the Traffic Commissioner. To make an appeal you need to be able to prove:

  • The vehicle was being used illegally without the owners knowledge
  • Prove that the vehicle was seized incorrectly. For example, you or your employer actually had an operator’s licence when it was seized
  • The vehicle was exempt from operator licensing when it was impounded

Often operators fail to adhere to the conditions which are attached to their licence and by not doing so are committing an offence. It is also a serious offence to alter, forge, use or lend an operator’s licence with the intent to deceive. The maximum penalty for this type of serious offence is an unlimited fine and 2 years in prison.

How we can help

Operator licence offences can be very complex which is why you should seek legal advice if you are under investigation or being prosecuted.  Brian Koffman & Co has years of experience and a high success rate in cases like these and can maximise your chances of getting a positive result.

Contact us today

If you have been charged with an operator licence offence you will need the knowledge, expertise and support of a solicitor who understands and can help. Please contact Brian Koffman & Co on 0161 832 3852 or submit an enquiry and we will call you back.