Last reviewed 5 January 2021

As the transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) warned international bus and coach services operating in the EU of changes ahead.

The UK joined the Interbus Agreement (www.gov.uk/government/publications/ms-no92018-interbus-agreement-with-protocol-and-decision) on 1 January, the Agency highlights, ensuring international bilateral (point-to-point) occasional (that is, unscheduled) journeys to and from the EU can continue.

However, Interbus does not yet allow regular (scheduled) or special regular services and operators will not be able to transport passengers between two locations within the EU (known as cabotage), except as part of services between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Services operating between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will in fact continue to operate with no changes. Operators will continue to be able to transport passengers between two locations within the Republic as part of a service between Northern Ireland and its EU Member State neighbour.

Regardless of what kind of international service operators are running, from 1 January 2021, drivers will need to carry a certified true copy of their Operators’ Licence on board at all times.

Certified copies are being sent to operators in the post automatically.

Drivers will still need Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) to drive professionally in the UK and the EU after Brexit and they must still complete their Driver CPC periodic training by their deadline.

See www.gov.uk/driver-cpc-training for further details.