Will Lower Speed Limits in Bristol affect the Operator Licensing Industries?

Bristol City Council is rolling out a city-wide 20mph zone in an attempt to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The decision was taken following a pilot scheme in 2012 and despite receiving a mixed reception to the proposals will be completed by March 2015.

But will this have an effect on your drivers and operator’s licence? Such low speed limits may lead to an increase in motoring offences which is a concern for your drivers whether they are on or off the clock. If one of your drivers receives points on their licence, this may not only affect their LGV / PCV licence but could also jeopardise your operator’s licence.

LGV / PCV Licence Holders

Any points your drivers obtain on their driving licence will raise questions as to whether they should hold an LGV / PCV licence. A certain number of points could lead to one of your drivers being called before the Traffic Commissioner to assess whether they are fit to hold a vocational licence, which could ultimately result in their licence being revoked.

This also affects drivers currently applying for an LGV / PCV licence. For example, an applicant will likely be called to Public Inquiry where they have 9 or more penalty points endorsed on their driver's licence, with the most recent points endorsed within 2 years of the date of the application. Non-endorseable offences, such as those involving speed limiters, or falsification of tachographs and drivers' hours, may also lead to a driver being called to Public Inquiry.

Operator’s Licence

It is not only drivers that could face disciplinary action, but also their employer if they hold an operator’s licence. Any convictions against a driver may call an operator’s good repute into dispute and could result in a Public Inquiry.

If a driver fails to report any convictions, points or fixed penalties, this could also cause their employer to be called to a public enquiry. It is therefore very important that operators ensure their drivers know what offences they must declare and what is expected of them.


For advice negotiating the specialist regulations which apply to such operations, assistance and representation if you have been called to Public Inquiry and all operator licensing queries, please contact Philip Brown on 0117 2211000 / 01179733989 at our law firm in Bristol. Alternatively, email philipbrown@amdsolicitors.com.

This article is provided for general information purposes only and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at the date of uploading. This article should not be relied upon as legal advice pertaining to any specific factual situation. Legal decisions should be made only after proper consultation with a legal professional of your choosing.

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