It is imperative that production staff and transport co-ordinators are conversant with the legal requirements regarding the operation of a passenger vehicle for 'Hire and Reward', the normal manner in which vehicles are hired for the purposes of conveying crew and cast.
We would urge co-ordinators to thoroughly check the status and validity of all transport providers on their productions, as without a current PSV Operators Licence, the use of vehicles designed to carry 9 or more passengers for 'Hire and Reward' is completely illegal.
Vehicle insurance will exclude such operation, leaving the person responsible for booking the transport liable for failing in their duty of care, by allowing cast and crew members to travel in illegal, unlicensed and uninsured vehicles.
This may well sound like scaremongering, but we believe it is to everybody’s' benefit, that regulations designed to ensure the safety of passengers, are adhered to by all concerned. The items that should be checked include the following:
PSV Operator’s Licence Disc
This Licence Disc needs to be displayed prominently in the windscreen of each vehicle. Ours are “international” licences, allowing us to operate through all of Europe.
Insurance should make specific reference to the fact that drivers must hold the appropriate driving licence and that the terms and limitations of said licence (which will obviously include driving an appropriately regulated vehicle), must be complied with in order for the insurance to remain valid.
Also required, are Employers’ Liability insurance, and, more importantly, Public Liability Insurance.
PSV MOT Certificates
Vehicle MOT certificates should be full Public Service Vehicle MOT’s.
Driver’s Licences showing D/D1 entitlement
Drivers should be professionally qualified giving them authorization to drive a PSV for “Hire and Reward”.
Driver Certificates of Professional Competence
Since September 2013 all PSV drivers have been required, by law, to have a Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC). On completion of the requisite training, they will have been issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which must be carried at all times when engaged in professional driving activities.
Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence
Companies in possession of an Operator’s Licence are required to employ a qualified Transport Manager (TM).
If you wish to read more about the regulations concerning the operation of Public Service Vehicles, a good place to start is:
We at Silver Screen Services (UK) Ltd. comply with all of the above and we work exclusively within the TV and Film sector, giving us a comprehensive understanding of the specific requirements of transport for media productions. We would be delighted if we were to have the opportunity to discuss with you, the transport provision for your next production.