Trailer Repair & Maintenance
Fleet-Serv’s recommendations for maintenance intervals are in line with the DVSA guide to maintaining roadworthiness and manufacturers’ recommendations. We’ve determined that by conducting regular maintenance reviews with our partners we can identify areas where we can improve performance and reduce costs.
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We can carry out trailer O-Licence safety inspections, roller brake tests, MOT preparation and presentation and are accredited service providers for all the major equipment manufacturers in the UK.
Our trailer services include trailer repairs, trailer servicing & maintenance, MOT preparation, roller brake testing and trailer O-Licence safety inspections.
Fleet-Serv invest heavily in the training and development of our mobile engineers and the staff at head office.
We offer support in maintenance planning, vehicle tracking, proactive and reactive maintenance and repairs and we provide meaningful and actionable data to support your business in the management of your fleet.
Our nationwide network of mobile engineers and service partners, along with the support of our approachable team at head office, ensure your equipment is maintained in line with the required schedule and within the minimum cost to your business.
We provide Compliance Without Compromise.
What is an O-Licence?
You need a goods vehicle operator's licence (O-Licence) if your business uses goods vehicles above a certain weight.
You’ll need a goods vehicle operator’s licence for a motor vehicle and trailer combination if:
a) the motor vehicle and the trailer(s) are plated and the total of their gross plated weights is more than 3,500 kg.
b) the total unladen weight of the vehicle and trailer combination is more than 1,525 kg.
All O-Licence holders are responsible for the servicing and maintenance of the trailers linked to their O-License.
As specialists in the field, Fleet-Serv are equipped to ensure your fleet operates within the terms of your O-Licence. Our recommendations for maintenance intervals are based on DVSA and manufacturers recommendations.
What different types are available?
There are three types of operator’s licence offered in the United Kingdom. The type of licence required depends where you transport your goods to and from and who you do it for.
Standard National Licence
- Allows you to transport your own goods in the UK and internationally.
- Other people’s goods in the UK.
- Transport loaded trailers to or from ports within the UK, as long as your vehicles do not leave the country.
Standard International Licence
- Allows you to carry your own goods and other people’s goods, both in the UK and internationally.
- Once you get a standard international licence you can request the issue of a community licence. This allows for trips between and through all EU member countries and Cabotage.
- Allows you to carry your own goods, but not other’s people’s.
- The licence remains valid for five years and as long as you pay your continuation fee every five years and operate within the terms of your licence.
What happens if you breach the terms and conditions?
The DVSA carry out regular roadside vehicle checks and will prohibit or immobilise the vehicles if your assets don’t meet their standards, or you’re in breach of your licence. The DVSA report all the information they gather to the independent traffic commissioners.
You be penalised if your vehicle is:
- Breaks the rules for the safe transport of dangerous goods
- In breach of drivers’ hours regulations.
In the very worst case, your licence could be taken away, suspended or restricted by the traffic commissioner if you:
- Break any of the terms or conditions of your licence
- Do not meet health and safety conditions
- Are convicted of certain offences
- Are made bankrupt or (if the licence holder is a company) that company goes into liquidation, administration or receivership
- Are given a prohibition notice by DVSA following an inspection
The traffic commissioner may decide to call you to a public inquiry to consider if any action against your licence is necessary.
It is crucial you operate within the terms, conditions and boundaries of your O-Licence. Prohibition or immobilisation of an asset could mean significant downtime for you and loss of revenue for your business.