Effective from the 22nd May 2022 there will be an obligation for light vehicle operators to have an International Operators license to carry out any international transport which his done on the basis of hire & reward, this change was approved in the EU Mobility Package introduced in July 2020.
One of the key objectives of this Mobility Package is to tighten regulation for both heavy and light transport vehicles, that is, transport carried out with goods transport vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of between 2.5t and 3.5t.
When the new rule comes into force, light transport vehicles must be covered by a Operators license, which enables them to make international trips between the countries of the European Union.
It will be mandatory to have an Operators license issued by the relevant national authority for vehicles which have a GVW greater than 2.5 tons.
In addition, and as is for HGV operators, at least one company representative to which the vehicles are operated (owned, rented or leased) has the necessary qualification and certification to operate the vehicles under the license.
Having fulfilled these requirements, the responsible Traffic Commissioner (GB) or the Dfl (Northern Ireland) will process the Operator’s license, as well as the necessary copies for each vehicle.