O Licence Application

Thinking of applying for or changing your “O” Licence?

Did you know...

That 8 out of 10 “O” Licence application forms are incomplete or inaccurate?

The “O” Licence application system requires detailed and accurate information to enable the Traffic Area Office to process your application.

80% of applications require some re-work before any consideration can be given to the granting of a licence*, which usually delays the application.

Help is at hand

The Road Haulage Association offer a complete and accurate application process for £100 + VAT, including the placement of the required advertising** for all operators. This ensures all information is accurate and complete first time, every time, and reduces the waiting time for the granting of the “O” Licence.

Click here to read more about applying for “O” Licence applications

Phone us first

Midlands & Western Tel: 01179 625616 

Northern Tel: 01274 863 100

Scotland & Northern Ireland Tel: 0131 333 4900

Southern & Eastern Tel: 01733 261 131



We have just used the RHA for our latest O licence application, for a new branch that is due to open in the south of England. Being the first time we have used this service, we had initial discussions with the local area manager who in turn passed this on to their helpdesk to be processed. The literature pack, was received and completed and then returned to the RHA.

The RHA dealt with our advertising in  the local newspaper that was not local to us, and presented as required. Additional personal support was provided for completion of environmental requirements and personal representations were made at the TAO on our behalf to check all was in order to commence application within the required timeframe.

We as a business would not hesitative to recommend both the RHA as a whole and specifically the support and guidance from both our area  manager and the regional helpdesk.

I have just requested the RHA to complete another application on our behalf, for another site that will open in 2012.”

Ian Cattle, Transport Manager, MKM Building Supplies (Hull) Ltd, June 2012


* Figure from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
** There will be an additional cost for the placement of advertising. 

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