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Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in the Official Report all the different types of licences operated or granted by his Department and the year in which they first came into operation.

My Department operates or grants the following licences, permits and certificates to enable individuals or businesses to undertake particular activities. Road service licensing is to be abolished under the Transport Bill, against which the hon. Gentleman voted.

Licence etcFirst Year of Operation (or date of current legislation)
Road Freight

Licence etc

First Year of Operation (or date of current legislation)

Goods vehicles operators licences1968
Heavy goods vehicle drivers licence1970
International road freight permits1967

Passenger Transport

Public service vehicles operators licences1980
Road service licences (to be abolished under the Transport Bill)1930
Public service vehicle drivers licence1930
EEC international regular and special regular service authorisations1973
EEC international shuttle service authorisations1973
Minibus permits1977
International passenger transport authorisations1980

Other Vehicle and Drivers' licences

Driving licence1903
Driving test pass certificate1935
International driving permit1930
Vehicle excise duty licences and exemption certificates1920

Driving Instructors

Approved driving instructor certificates1964
Trainee driving instructor licence1970


Authorisation to carry out MOT tests1960
Tachograph centre approval1976
Light railway orders1896


Certificates of competency for masters, deck officers, marine engineer officers1852
Certificates for skippers and second hands serving on fishing vessels1894
Boatmen's licences1968
Certificates for lifeboatmen1932
Dispensation and exemption certificates1906
Safe manning certificates1983
Medical fitness certificates1983
Licences for seamen's employment agencies1894


Operating permits for commercial operations1972
Operating crew licences1985


Consents to work in tidal waters that may have adverse effects on the safety of navigation1949
Licences for wreck exploration1973
Licences to print and sell marine forms1894

In addition, the Department operates for safety reasons a number of systems for approving equipment and works.

The Civil Aviation Authority has statutory responsibility under the Civil Aviation Act 1982 for a wide range of licences in connection with aviation matters.