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Operating Licences

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what account is taken of whether a company is trading on green belt land when the traffic commissioners consider its application for renewal of its operating licence; (115258)

(2) in what circumstances the traffic commissioners can refuse to renew an operating licence.

Goods vehicle operator licences are continuous but traffic commissioners review individual operating centres every five years. At these reviews, traffic commissioners consider the continued suitability of the operating centre and take account of any representations made by persons who own or occupy land in the vicinity of the centre within the preceding five-year period.

Following a review, a traffic commissioner may impose conditions relating to the use of a centre, vary existing conditions or direct that a centre may no longer be used. Failure to comply with a condition may lead to revocation of the licence.