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New Rules for Vans & Cars with Trailers

Transporting goods in and out of the UK using vans or vans and cars with trailers changes from 21 May 2022.  After this date, if you use a van or a car with a trailer to transport goods as part of a business internationally, and the maximum authorised mass (MAM) exceeds 2.5 tonnes, you will require a standard international goods vehicle operator's licence and retrain the services of a professionally qualified transport manager. Let's take a closer look at what these new rules mean for your business.

Will the new rules apply to you? 

The new rules will apply to you if you transport goods as part of a business in:

  • the EU
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland 

Using any of the following vehicles or vehicle and trailer combinations:

  • Vans where the MAM exceeds 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
  • Vans towing trailers with a gross train weight over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
  • Cars towing trailers with a gross train weight over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes

You will not be affected if you only transport goods wholly within the UK or you do not transport goods as part of a business abroad i.e. you only operate for private purposes.

Operator Licensing

There are two possible scenarios. The first is that you will hold a standard international operator's licence because you already operate large goods vehicles on international journeys, in which case you can just add your vans, cars and trailers to your current licence.

The second scenario is that you will be new to the world of operator licensing and the new rules mean that you will have a steep learning curve and will need to rapidly implement a number of major changes to your business in order to achieve compliance.  This will involve applying for an operator's licence, making sure that you have sufficient funds at bank to satisfy the Traffic Commissioner that you can effectively maintain your fleet, have an appropriate maintenance provider that you will need to name on your licence and retaining the services of a professionally qualified transport manager.

You then need to remember, if you only operate light goods vehicles, vans or cars towing trailers, that you will be entering a very strict compliance regime that is policed by DVSA and presided over by the Traffic Commissioner, so any short-cutting of the system could lead to the loss of your business.

So there you have it!.  If you feel bewildered, give us a call on 01543 54 50 50 and we will take the worry out of the process with our fixed fee application service - click here