Last reviewed 14 January 2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a reminder to operators and drivers that, from 2 February, the EU is introducing new rules which mean they may need to register information digitally about their journeys on a new web-based portal.

This applies to those in the UK operating loaded goods journeys in and between EU Member States (cabotage or cross-trade).

Cabotage is loading goods in one of these countries and unloading them at a different place in the same country, using a vehicle registered in the UK. Cross-trade is loading goods in one of these countries and unloading them in different one of these countries, using a vehicle registered in the UK.

The information required will include details of the operator, driver, driver employment details, dates of travel, and the vehicle used before the journey commences.

The new rules apply to vans of any size or other light goods vehicles, vans towing trailers, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and HGVs towing trailers.

“This will also apply to you if you transport goods between two points in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for commercial purposes,” the DfT points out. “This includes cabotage and cross-trade jobs as well as moving goods for your own business’ use.”

The EU has said that the portal will be available ahead of 2 February. To use the service operators will need to register so that they can then add details of their drivers to reuse when adding journeys.

Further information on this process can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/register-road-haulage-journeys-within-europe-from-2-february-2022#create-an-account-on-the-eu-portal.