Reminder: 5 days until Light Goods Vehicles working in Europe require International Operators’ Licences

In FIVE days, users of vans and other light goods vehicles weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes and which transport goods for hire or reward from the UK into, or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, will require an International Operators’ Licence.

From 21 May, anyone not carrying this licence may find their business disrupted. You could also face enforcement action. Depending on the country that your are stopped in, you may face fines, impounding or being asked to return to the UK.

To shorten any possible disruption, select the interim licence option.

If you already hold an International Operators' Licence for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) you can add extra LGVs to your existing licence.

Visit GOV.UK for further information on the new EU rules and what to do next.

You may also need to make posting declarations for journeys to the EU
If you’re transporting goods between two points in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway for commercial purposes, (known as cabotage or cross trade), you must now make a “posting declaration”, which means registering the operator, driver, driver employment details, dates of travel, and the vehicle used.

The information you need to sign up and start declaring is available on GOV.UK. Or, you can access the EU Portal and FAQs now.


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