VOSA bosses are urging the industry not to give up if their local authority does not recognise stretched limousines with refuse to licence them.
Every Public Service Vehicle operator in the UK has been told to license any vehicle designed to carry eight passengers or less with their local authority – however, many areas still do not cater their rules for the limousine industry.
A spokesperson from VOSA (Vehicle Operator Services Agency) has exclusively told thechauffeur.com; “Given the complicated nature of this subject and that many operators may have ended up in the wrong licensing category in good faith, we do not intend to be proactive in any enforcement in this area for some months – although this does not necessarily mean that Traffic Commissioners will not deal with any reported instances of inappropriate operations should they become aware of them in the meantime.”
He added; “It would seem sensible for those having difficulties with licensing with their local authorities to discuss any issues with that authority – although there is, of course, a right of appeal to the courts should applicants wish to take that route.”
A urgent meeting is to be held on 10th November in Birmingham to offer advise to PSV operator as to how they can adapt to the new rules under their existing license.