An O licence is an operator’s license for businesses that use HGVs and proves that your company has the correct safety standards and regulations in place to use a HGV vehicle for work. This type of licence is a legal requirement for businesses with HGVs in operation. A restricted licence is all you need if you carry your own goods within the UK.
However, things get a bit more complicated if you want to transport goods for hire and reward or take them outside the UK. If you carry goods for hire and reward within the UK only, a standard national licence will be all you need. However, to transport goods across Europe, it’s essential to opt for a standard international licence which is essentially the same licence but for international use.
Suppose you want to broaden your horizons and carry goods further afield in the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland after you’ve received a standard international licence. In that case, you can get a single permit called a UK Licence For The Community. Wherever you transport your goods and whatever licence you have, we will help to find the right HGV insurance policy to suit your business.
Alongside your licence, you may need a green card as proof of valid insurance when driving abroad. Find out more in our guide: How To Get A Green Card For Driving Abroad.