The Department for Transport has reminded van operators of new rules which will apply to vehicles travelling into Europe from later this month.

Effective from 21 May, vehicles weighing 2.5-3.5t transporting goods for hire or reward from the UK into or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, will need to be covered by an International Operators’ Licence.

Penalties for non-compliance could include fines, impounding, or being asked to return to the UK.

The DfT says those not yet compliant should apply for a licence as soon as possible, with full details available via

It adds that operators which already have a licence for HGVs are able to add LCVs to that existing licence.