Changes to Van Regulation: International Operator’s Licences

As a result of the Trade & Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU, vans (or any other goods vehicle) over 2.5t, up to and including 3.5t maximum gross vehicle weight which carry goods for ‘hire or reward’ internationally must have an international operator’s licence from 21 May 2022. Once this change comes into force, UK van drivers will be required to carry a copy of the operators “UK licence for the Community” when carrying goods internationally.

A goods vehicle is deemed to be operating for “hire or reward” when it is paid to carry goods for another party.

For many international van drivers this will be the first time they have been subject to the operator licensing rules, which can be particularly complex. While the exact rules and fees levels are not yet confirmed, operators subject to the upcoming changes will need to meet requirements of financial standing, good repute, and ensure a qualified international transport manager adequately supervises their operation.