STANDARD NATIONAL OPERATOR LICENCE
A standard national licence allows you to carry your own goods in Great Britain, AND to carry goods for other people for hire or reward in Great Britain. Even if you carry other people’s goods only occasionally, you must have a standard national licence.
You can be fined if you use your vehicles for international hire or reward work when your licence covers you for national operations only.
However, a standard national licence allows you to haul loaded trailers to or from ports within Great Britain as part of an international journey as long as your motor vehicles do not actually leave Great Britain
Appointing a Transport Manager
If you are an operator applying for a standard national licence, you will need to have at least one transport manager who satisfies the requirements of good repute and professional competence.
Transport Managers can be hired internally or brought in as external transport managers. Both internal and external transport managers must abide by the same rules and work the relevant number of hours as stated in the guidelines.
TM1G statutory guidelines for the number of hours transport managers should work
Below is the statutory guidance as to what might be expected in terms of hours worked by a transport manager, relative to the maximum number of vehicles authorised for a licence. Remote working is acceptable, however, at least one monthly visit is necessary for a TM to carry out their duties efficiently.
Proposed Hours (Per Week)
2 or less
3 to 5
6 to 10
11 to 14
15 to 29
30 to 50
*Additional hours may be required for trailers*
2 - 4
4 - 8
8 - 12
12 - 20
30 - Full Time
*Full Time and additional assistance required*
Financial Standing for Standard National Operator Licence
2021 Rates stayed the same as 2020 (subject to change yearly)