Showman’s Guild – Do I Need an Operator’s Licence?
The Showmen and Fairground Industry is often misunderstood and there is a lot of confused advice about whether a Showman will require an Operator’s Licence, a driver CPC and whether such vehicles require a vehicle test.
The truth is, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer. Showmen are no longer solely transporting fairground rides and the Courts have to interpret the law and consider modern ways of working for Showmen as is highlighted by the leading case of R (on the application of VOSA) v William Kayes. We have the expertise to advise you about exceptions for Showman’s Vehicles and Special Vehicle categorisation with DVLA.
If you are being investigated by DVSA or face prosecution, we can represent you and fight your case. We can also advise you as to whether any of the exemptions do apply to your vehicle so you are confident that you are complying with the law.