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Logistics UK and DfT discuss international vans coming into scope of operator licensing


Members of Logistics UK’s Van Policy Working Group met with Department for Transport (DfT) officials recently to discuss proposals for certain vans used for international journeys for specific purposes to come into scope of operator licensing for the first time.

As elements of the EU Mobility Package will be brought into UK law, officials from DfT confirmed that operators using vans and van-trailer combinations over 2.5 tonnes, for hire and reward crossing international borders, will need to fulfil the requirements for operator licensing. Additionally, officials confirmed that the regulations will not affect vans carrying goods for incidental use, for example special restoration of a French church, and there are no plans for the regulations to apply to domestic operations.

Denise Beedell, Policy Manager – Vans and Urban, Logistics UK, said: “This constructive discussion with DfT officials helped to inform Logistics UK’s policy position on this issue, which was agreed at our Road Council last week (6 May 2021).

“We will be making three key policy asks: firstly for legislation to include a specific and explicit exemption putting domestic vans out of scope; secondly for depots which need to become operating centres to be given presumption of acceptability; and lastly for a relaxation of the law on external transport managers for standard national licences.”

Logistics UK is planning to make a full and comprehensive submission to a consultation on the proposals, expected this summer.

*www.logistics.org.uk/van

Published On: 13/05/2021 17:00:26

 

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