Dáil Éireann - Volume 683 - 26 May, 2009

Written Answers. - Haulage Licences.

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Transport his views on facilitating an arrangement for persons (details supplied) to train a lorry driver in acquiring a haulage licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20927/09]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey:A Road Haulage Operator’s Licence is granted under Section 2 of the Road Traffic and Transport Act 2006, and entitles the holder to carry on a road haulage business for hire or reward.

The criteria for the grant of a Road Haulage Operator’s Licence are set out in Irish and EU legislation. The three criteria that must be met by every applicant are:

1. Good Repute,

2. Professional Competence, and

3. Financial Standing.

A road haulage operator’s licence is not transferable from one individual to another, nor from one business to another.

To satisfy the criteria in relation to professional competence one person in the business must hold a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and that individual must be nominated as a Transport Manager to continuously and effectively manage the business. A CPC can be obtained by individuals who have followed a specified course and successfully sat an exam that is overseen by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and Transport in Ireland.