Closed consultation

Restricted licence holders: level of financial resources

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Summary of Responses

Detail of feedback received

We received 10 responses to our consultation. The summary of responses outlines the detail of those contributions and also notes the absence of evidence from restricted licence holders. As a result, the traffic commissioners plan to engage further with restricted licence stakeholders and seek views from the Department for Transport before taking a final decision.


Reviewing the financial levels required for applicants and operators who hold restricted truck or bus /coach licences.

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Consultation description

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are considering whether to amend the financial levels which restricted operators must show in order to gain and continue to hold an operator’s licence.

Financial security is a key test for the operator licensing regime. It provides traffic commissioners with assurances that operators will keep commercial vehicles well maintained and run them safely.

A consistent approach to the financial levels helps to promote fair competition within the industry.

The following options are under consideration for the restricted financial levels:

  • remain the same
  • increase in line with the Consumer Price Index since 2004
  • increase in line with the Consumer Price Index since 2013
  • increase in line with the percentage increases for standard licences since 2014
  • increase in line with the percentage increases identified by the Road Haulage Association since 2011
  • standardise with the levels set for the standard licence holders
  • reduce


Consultation document

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Published 11 June 2018
Last updated 23 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Summary of public responses updated.
  2. Contact email address amended.
  3. First published.