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What Do Logistics Companies Need to Do to Transport Goods in Europe From 21st May 2022?

On the 21st May 2022, the government will implement new rules for logistics companies looking to transport goods in Europe via cars, vans (light commercial/goods vehicles) or trailers (provided that the vehicle weighs over 2.5 tons).

Today, we’re examining the new legislation, who it applies to, and providing some actionable advice for those affected.

What are the new rules?

For those based in England, Scotland or Wales that use trailer-towing cars or vans, use vans or use other light goods vehicles, you will need a standard international goods vehicle operator licence from the 21st of May, 2022.

The licence will allow businesses to transport goods in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Those with a restricted goods vehicle operator licence or a standard national goods vehicle operator licence will be expected to apply to upgrade their licences to the new standard international goods vehicle licence.

Who do the new rules effect?

If you use:

  • Vans towing a trailer with a gross train weight (GTW) from 2.5 tons to 3.5 tons
  • Cars towing a trailer with a GTW from 2.5 to 3.5 tons
  • Vans with a MAM (maximum authorized mass) between 2.5 tons and 3.5 tons

Then the new rules will apply to you.

However, if you only use your vehicles within the UK, or you are transporting goods for reasons other than hire or reward, then you will not need a goods vehicle operator licence.

What information will drivers need to carry?

As of the 21st May 2022, drivers will need to carry a copy of their 'UK Licence for the Community' whilst transporting goods in Europe.

This certified copy will be provided automatically (and free of charge) to those who are applying for their operator licence for the first time.

For more information, visit the UK Government’s guide to transporting goods in Europe in vans or car and trailers from 21 May 2022.

06 April 2022

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