Do you transport goods in Europe?
 

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Published: 19 July 2022
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Do you transport goods in Europe?

From 21st May 2022, there have been new rules for transporting goods in vans in Europe…

You need a standard international goods vehicle operator licence to transport goods for hire or reward in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

This applies to you if you’re based in England, Scotland or Wales and use:

  • vans or other light goods vehicles (sometimes called ‘light commercial vehicles’) with a MAM over 2,500kg and up to and including 3,500kg
  • vans towing trailers with a GTW over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
  • cars towing trailers with a GTW over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes

You do not need a goods vehicle operator licence if you only use your vehicles in the UK or you are transporting goods not for ‘hire or reward’.

You need to either:

  • apply for a standard international goods vehicle operator licence for the first time
  • add the vehicles to your standard international goods vehicle operator licence (if you already have one)
  • apply to upgrade your standard national goods vehicle operator licence (if you have one) to a standard international goods vehicle operator licence
  • apply to upgrade your restricted goods vehicle operator licence (if you have one) to a standard international goods vehicle operator licence

For the full details from the DVSA, check out the government article here.

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