Transport Operator Professional Competence: Employers and Employees Duties


Professional competence refers to the meeting of specified qualifying conditions, by individuals, that enable them to become the “nominated” transport manager on a goods or passenger vehicle operator’s licence (O-licence). This topic covers the requirements and responsibilities involved for both the transport operator (ie the employer) and the nominated transport manager, whether a direct employee of the transport operator (ie an internal transport manager) or a freelance employee (ie external transport manager).

Employers' Duties

Employers must:

• employ at least one professionally competent transport manager for each O-licence that they hold, or engage at least one external “freelance” professionally competent manager

• ensure that the nominated professionally competent transport manager continuously and effectively manages the vehicle fleet; the employer must supervise and monitor the actions of the transport manager

• confirm that the nominated professionally competent transport manager is of good repute

• inform the Traffic Commissioner of any changes affecting the professionally competent transport manager

• inform the Traffic Commissioner within 28 days if the professionally competent transport manager is convicted of any offence.

Employees' Duties

Employees (ie transport managers) must:

• provide proof of their professional competence qualification

• undertake continuing professional development in the relevant areas, at least every 10 years but ideally more frequently

• make proper working arrangements for the operation and maintenance of the vehicle fleet and control of drivers so as to prevent the laws on road transport from being broken

• inform their employer if they are personally convicted of any offence

• notify the relevant Traffic Commissioner if they resign from the post of nominated transport manager.

Further Reading:

This article makes up part of our Transport Operators Professional Competence series. We recommend you read the following articles to help give you a good understanding of the requirements for transport operators.


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