Don’t forget to apply for your International Operators’ Licence

Posted by AndrewT on 13th May 2022

If you are operating Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) in Europe you will now need to apply for an International Operators’ Licence. This applies to users of van and other LGVs weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes transporting goods for hire or reward from the UK into or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. The new rules apply from 21 May 2022. Failure to have a Licence will disrupt your business and you could also face enforcement action. The level of enforcement will depend on which country you are stopped in but could include fines, impounding or being asked to return to the UK. See Gov.UK for more information. To save time you can apply for an interim Licence. If you already hold an International Operators’ Licence for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) you can add LGVs to your existing Licence, see Manage your vehicle operator licence. Whatever your situation you will need to manage your drivers’ hours to ensure the safety of drivers and legal compliance with EU regulations. Descartes SmartAnalysis makes managing your compliance with drivers’ hours rules easy and you can sign-up for just £40 per driver per year.