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Applicants for a standard operator’s licence must
prove that they are able to maintain their vehicles
for the duration of their operator’s licence. This is
known as financial standing and is set in euros and
then converted to pounds sterling according to the
exchange rate at the time. The first working day in
October is when the rate is set for the following year for
non-Eurozone countries.
2019’s rate has increased from the previous year and
has been set at 0.88730 and is therefore:
-€9,000 (first vehicle) = £7,985 (currently £7,950).
-€5,000 (vehicles after) = £4,436 (currently £4,400).
Official figures will be announced shortly by the Office
of the Traffic Commissioner however these figures are
according to forecasters, expected to be rounded to
the nearest £50.
Although this process does not tend to affect restricted
licence holders, the Senior Traffic Commissioner has
recently consulted on proposals to review financial
standing rates for restricted licence holders. If the rates
do therefore change, an announcement is expected by
the end of 2018.
Vehicle operators found using
tyres more than ten years old to
face investigation and potential
regulatory action
“The Department for Transport is
continuing to work with experts to
collect robust evidence on older
The DVSA has said it will carry out
follow-up investigations if a tyre
more than ten years old is found on
a commercial vehicle as part of its
routine heavy vehicle enforcement
“This research will report back in
the spring.”
If the operator cannot give an
adequate explanation for using an
old tyre, or their tyre management
systems are not up to standard,
DVSA may refer them to the Office
of the Traffic Commissioner for
potential regulatory action.
Jesse Norman, Roads Minister,
said: “I asked the DVSA to consider
this measure as a means to tighten
enforcement against the use of
older and potentially dangerous
Dangerous tyres
“This is an important step forward
in our efforts to improve tyre safety.
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief
executive, said: “Tyre safety is vital
and DVSA has always taken strong
action to protect the public from
unsafe tyres of all ages.
“By changing our approach, we’re
sending the message that no one
should use tyres more than ten
years old.”
DVSA has also updated its
categorisation of defects guide
for agency enforcement staff to
include tyres aged more than
ten years old fitted to any heavy
vehicle or trailer.
Safety of ageing tyres
Earlier this year, the DfT
announced a study into the safety
of ageing tyres – the first publicly
funded research of its kind in the UK.
In 2013, the DfT issued guidance to all operators setting out
that tyres that have reached the age of ten years should not
be used on a steering axle, and stipulating strict conditions if
they’re to be used at all.
Since then, the DVSA vehicle standard standards assessors
and vehicle examiners have routinely checked the age of
tyres on these vehicles every year, as well as in fleet and
roadside inspections.
Article Courtesy of Garage Wire

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