Trade licences

Untaxed and unregistered vehicles may operate on the public road under a trade licence in certain circumstances. Trade licences are issued only to motor traders and vehicle testers and can only be used by them in defined situations on vehicles which are in their temporary possession. The licences may be used on vehicles that are registered and taxed provided all conditions of their use are met.

Information on the topics below is available to FTA members by clicking on any available links or by downloading the Trade licences chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

  • Permitted use
  • Temporary possession
  • Carriage of goods
  • Carriage of passengers
  • Application for trade licences
  • Licence fees and duration
  • Trade plates
  • Replacement plates
  • Penalties
  • Change of address

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