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Plan now for vans coming into operator licensing, Logistics UK urges operators

Logistics UK has advised its members to plan now for vans coming into scope of operating licensing in just over a fortnight’s time.

From Saturday 21 May 2022, vans between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), which conduct business on a ‘hire and reward’ basis in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, will need to be specified on a standard international operator licence.

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulatory Policy, Logistics UK, said: “We are urging all our members which operate vans on a ‘hire and reward’ basis internationally to ensure that they apply for a goods vehicle operator’s licence in good time ahead of the coming legislation. This is particularly relevant to many of our members in Northern Ireland, who are accustomed to making short, frequent deliveries across the border into the Republic of Ireland, for example.

“From 21 May the penalties for getting it wrong can be considerable, so we strongly recommend that members which do not already hold a standard international licence to apply for one without delay.”

Operator licence holders will have to either add the vehicles to their standard international licence or apply to upgrade their standard national or restricted goods vehicle operator licence.


Published On: 05/05/2022 16:00:19


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