Revamped O-licence IT system goes live


Operators can now manage and apply for a new O-licence online with the launch of a revamped IT system by the DVSA and Office of the Traffic Commissioner.

The Vehicle and Operator Licensing system, which is hoped will speed up O-licence processing times, went live today (14 November) and allows companies to apply for an O-licence online for the first time.

Operators can also add or remove vehicles or transport managers to or from their O-licence, as well as check that their details are correct.

It replaces the Operator Self Service system which was switched off last week, but operators can sign in to the new service using the same log-in details.

The website has been launched in Beta testing mode, and the DVSA has encouraged operators to give their feedback.

The GV79 O-licence application form is still available on the website for operators to print off should they not wish to apply online.

Council's four-axle Arocs get ready to take on Lincolnshire winter

Lincolnshire County Council's Arocs


The UK's first four 8x6 Arocs gritters to enter service are on the road and facing their first winter in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Lincolnshire County Council has leased the new trucks from Essential Fleet Services under a ten-year deal, and each 32-tonner comes with ClassicSpace M-Cabs and 428hp of power on board. 

The trucks were supplied via Mercedes-Benz dealership Intercounty Truck and Van, which is also providing the council’s gritter drivers with training on the new trucks.

Tonbridge-based Scarab also also fitted the trucks’ Epoke gritting bodies, along with demountable Riko V snowploughs with Küper blades ready for winter's extremes.

Lincolnshire county council’s fleet manager David Davies said: “Three drive axles are essential for operation in the Lincolnshire Wolds, which are very susceptible to bad weather coming off the North Sea. 

“The fact that our new Arocs were available direct from the factory as a complete, winterised package makes a big difference.”