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Licence, motor vehicles

In addition to the need for the driver of any motor vehicle on a public highway to hold a driving licence, the vehicle itself must be licensed. The provisions on the licensing of motorized vehicles are complex §nd depend considerably both on the nature of the vehicle and the purpose for which it is being used. Generally speaking, all vehicles must bear a current licence in a position from which it can be inspected from outside. Such licences are issued for fixed periods, usually one year, renewable at the end of that period. The date on which the licence expires is shown on the face of the licence, and, if the vehicle is driven or left upon a public highway after that date. whatever the intention of the owner may have been, the licence renewal fee is payable. It is important to note that a licence must be held for a motor vehicle which is on a public highway even if the vehicle is not intended to be driven.

Particular licences must be obtained for any vehicles which carry passengers for hire, and it should be remembered that private; cars are not normally licensed for this purpose. The licence duty on passenger-carrying vehicles is higher than on private cars, and higher rates are also payable for goods vehicles, increasing with the size and weight of the vehicle. Since the Transport Act 1968 road haulage firms which use vehicles over a certain weight need an ‘operator’s licence’, which may not be granted if the licensing authority concerned considers that additional services in the area are not required.

There are certain concessions made for There are certain concessions made for agricultural vehicles operated within closely defined limits, and also limited exemptions for invalid vehicles. For details of these it is best to consult the local licensing authorities.

Reference: The Penguin Business Dictionary , 3rd edt.