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Drop-in advice centres open for hauliers

07.12.2020

The Department for Transport has opened advice sites at motorway service stations and truck stops where hauliers and drivers of HGVs can get advice on the changes taking place from 1st January 2021.
There’s one site in Scotland, at Lockerbie Lorry Park and one in Wales, at RoadKing Holyhead Truck Stop. The remaining 43 sites are spread across England at services stations and truck stops, including Ashford International Truck Stop, Donington Park and Thurrock Services. A map showing the location of all sites can be found on the Government’s website. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations.

Ready to cross the border
Hauliers will be able to use the ‘check a HGV is ready to cross the border’ service to prove that it has the correct EU import and commodities documents for the goods being carried. 

Using the service is mandatory for HGVs travelling via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, with hauliers under threat of a £300 fine if they don’t use the service in order to get a ‘Kent Access Permit’ before entering Kent. 

The service is optional when using all other GB ports.
According to the Government, the service will be fully operational in December 2020. 

Key Requirements
A Great Britain (GB) sticker must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and trailer, even if the vehicle has a number plate with the Euro symbol or a GB national identifier. (A GB sticker is not required when driving in Ireland). 

Vehicle and trailer insurance — a ‘green card’ is proof of motor insurance cover when driving abroad. Visit the Government’s website for full details of insurance requirements. 

Hauliers are being urged to contact vehicle insurance providers at least 6 weeks before the green card is required.
Driver CPC for lorry drivers
A Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification is required to drive a lorry professionally in the UK, the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. 

The following countries use a Driver CPC card as proof that drivers have the qualification: 

Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg (for non-resident drivers only), Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

Countries that use code 95 on the driving licence as proof that drivers have the qualification
Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg (for resident drivers only), Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Slovenia. 

Visa Proposals
According to European Commission proposals, drivers will not need a visa for short trips, and can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Once the rules are confirmed, information about how to get a visa will be on each country’s travel advice page. 

Full details available at the Government’s website. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations