Running a vehicle recovery business: driver and vehicle safety rules

Rules that vehicle recovery operators and drivers need to follow to run their business legally and safely.



This guide sets out the rules that you need to follow if you run a vehicle recovery business or drive a vehicle to recover other vehicles.

It includes rules about:

  • vehicle operator licences
  • drivers’ hours
  • keeping your vehicle safe to drive
  • vehicle weights
  • other licences you might need
  • equipment you might need
Published 3 July 2013
Last updated 14 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance about annual tests (MOT) to make it clear breakdown recovery vehicles are no longer exempt from the requirements of plating and testing.

  2. First published.