Thank you for your clarification. Perhaps I never explained my self
properly. Each operator has to have a licence. This does not mean each
driver, an operator could be a limited company with several vehicles
or a sole trader, that is, a one man band with just one lorry who
trades under his own name.
I think this information will be able to assist you to evaluate this
Seven Traffic Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State
for Transport and have responsibility in their area for the licensing
of the operators of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). This is from their
2004/2005 Annual Report. It reports that on 31 March 2005 the number
of licences in existence was 101,857. So that is 101,857 companies or
sole traders were authorised to operate HGVs. The report goes on to
state that a total of 407456 vehicles were authorised. The average
fleet size was just under 3.9.
The marketing list you refer to may well be drawn from the Traffic
You can search by various terms.
Try one under Town Name
Type in the first term box> Brentwood
You will see 50 results. You will see operator names. Most are
companies, that is with Ltd or Plc in their names. Click on one and
you will see their details and how many vehicles they have.
Traffic Commissioners 2004/2005 Annual Report
"All operators of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes (with some
exceptions) must hold an operator?s licence which has been issued to
them by the Traffic Commissioners.
There are three types of licence:
These authorise operators to carry their own goods in the course of
their trade or business in Great Britain and on international
Standard National licences
These authorise operators to carry both their goods in the course of
their trade and business and goods for other people for hire and
reward in Great Britain.
Standard International licences
These are as Standard National licences but operators are also allowed
to carry goods for themselves and other people to countries outside
"On 31 March 2005 the number of licences in existence was 101,857
compared to 102,946 on 31 March 2004."
Table 2 page 80
Numbers of specified vehicles
Table 3 page 81
Average fleet size
I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.