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Important information for operators of light goods vehicles that travel to the EU

14 Dec 2021

From 21 May 2022, operators or users of vans or other light goods vehicles over 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes in weight for hire and reward will need to obtain an International Operator's Licence.

This includes a requirement to appoint a designated transport manager with a valid Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (TM CPC) qualification.

This new requirement is part of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement. (UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement).

A temporary exemption may be available from the TM CPC requirement for those with appropriate experience of managing light goods vehicles in the form of temporary transport manager status.

Find out more about becoming a transport manager.

You will need to list the name of a qualified transport manager in your application for an operator licence. Applications for operator licences will be taken from March 2022.

Apply to be a temporary transport manager

From today, people who can demonstrate they have been continuously managing light goods vehicles for at least 10 years prior to 20 August 2020 can apply to be a temporary transport manager, allowing them to continue to manage light goods vehicles until 21 May 2025.

You can apply now on GOV.UK.

You can find more information on how to apply and what you need on GOV.UK.

This will help businesses ensure that experienced existing fleet managers have time to achieve the necessary TM CPC qualification. 

We will be accepting applications for this certificate until 21 May 2024.

Be ready for driver postings from 2 February

From 2 February 2022, if you operate loaded goods journeys in and between European member states, you may also need to share information digitally about your journeys in the EU.

This includes details of the operator, driver, driver employment, dates of travel, and the vehicle used.

Find out whether this new requirement also applies to you, and sign up for updates