From 2nd February 2022, it is now essential that you register the details of your road haulage journeys that take place within the EU, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway prior to the journey departure.
This will apply to you if you use -
You use vans of any size or other light goods/commercial vehicles
You use vans towing trailers
You use cars towing trailers
You use HGVs
You use HGVs towing trailers
If your journey will involve the transportation of goods between two separate points within the EU, Ireland, Liechtenstein and Norway for commercial purposes then you will need to ensure that it is registered prior to your departure. This means that if you load goods at one point within any of the aforementioned countries then you will need to register your journey.
This includes -
The movement of goods for business use
If you’re a Northern Ireland vehicle operator, you will need to register journeys within Ireland if they’re covered by the rules.
You are using a vehicle that isn’t carrying goods
You are travelling from the UK to one place within Europe, where you are able to both load and unload goods
You are travelling from the UK to Europe and unload goods at more than one place within Europe but cannot load your vehicle within Europe
You are travelling from Europe to the UK and load goods at multiple places within Europe but are unable to unload within Europe
You are travelling from the UK to a non-European country but cannot load or unload your vehicle in Europe
There is no fee to register your journey. To register your journey you will need:
Vehicle operators licence (if you have one)
The contact details for your transport manager
Drivers names, addresses and driving license numbers
The most recent employment contract between you and your driver, if you use an agency then the most recent employment contracts between you and the agency will be required
You will also need to detail the type of employment contract, the departure and commencement dates of your journey and the vehicle registration number.
You need to create an account for your company on the EU portal before you can declare a journey.
YOU WILL GET PENALTIES IF YOU DO NOT REGISTER THE JOURNEY!
It is also essential for the driver to carry a digital or physical copy of the registered journey information.
More information can be found in the UK Government Register road haulage journeys within Europe from 2 February 2022 guide.