19th March 2023
The license ensures that skip & grab Hire businesses comply with regulations related to vehicle safety, driver training, maintenance, and environmental standards. The license also helps to prevent unqualified operators from running a skip hire business, which could lead to unsafe driving practices, increased road accidents, and environmental damage. Furthermore, the operator's license also ensures that the skip hire business complies with regulations related to the transportation and disposal of waste. It requires businesses to have appropriate waste management systems in place to ensure that waste is handled and disposed of correctly.In summary, skip hire businesses are required to obtain a standard operator's license to ensure the safe and legal operation of heavy goods vehicles and to ensure that waste is handled and disposed of correctly.
The law is in the process of being changed, nothing as yet finalised, although its pretty clear that going forward any new skip hire and grab hire businesses are required to apply for a Standard National Operator Licence.
The basis of the ruling to change skip and grab hire operators from restricted to standard licence is based on the following comments by the traffic commissionetr.
Where a predominant part of theservice is the transportation of goods, that is likely to fall within the definition givento hire or reward adopted by the Upper Tribunal. Where the transport is part of the operator’s wider business, such as converting or processing of the goods asopposed to simply conveying them to another place, that is likely to fall within thedefinition of section 3(3).
Skip hire operators in the UK face a number of challenges, including: