Restricted Operator Licence
To carry your own goods in the course of your trade or business you need a restricted licence.
You must not carry goods for other people for hire or reward if you have a restricted licence.
If you do, you could be fined and lose your licence.
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.
Standard International Operator Licence
A standard international licence allows you to carry your own goods, and goods for other people for hire or reward, both in Great Britain and on international journeys.
Operators who are issued with international licences will also receive Community Authorisations which are required for all hire or reward operations in, or through European Union countries.
These have replaced the need for community permits, bilateral permits between member states and permits for transit traffic through the EU but not permits for travel to or through non-EU countries where these are still required