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Important limo hire laws are enforceable by VOSA and the police

Posted on 9th Feb, 2012 by Jackie Jolliffe

The government-based Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) now have total authority to remove illegal limo hire vehicles and drivers from the road.

This authority was granted on 1st October 2009, a follow-on from the legislation that came into effect the year before, the Local Transport Act 2008.

Powers include stopping, seizing and impounding all limo hire Manchester vehicles, which do not follow road laws.

This includes certification that every limo hire vehicle has the following:

1. Any eight passenger limo hire vehicles registered after 26th April 2009 must have either an SVA (Single Vehicle Approval) or an IVA (Independent Vehicle Approval)

2. Larger limo hire vehicles, for 9 passengers or over, must have a COIF (Certificate Of Initial Fitness).

If limo hire operators do not hold a valid licence, they must obtain one. This can be done in one of the following ways:

1. For those running two 9 to 16 seater limo hire vehicles, licences can be obtained from the Department for Transport (“O” License)

2. For three or more limo hire vehicles, a CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is needed from the Department of Transport

3. A local council operator’s licence is required for stretch limo hire vehicles of up to eight passengers.

For more information on limo hire laws, visit our advice page, or for limo hire Manchester more generally, visit the limo section.

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