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Some important clarity has already emerged regarding the position of hauliers operating in the EU after 31 December 2019 – or later if modified under a transition deal.

Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules in the field of road transport will no longer apply to the UK. This has the following consequences for hauliers in the different areas of road transport:

  1. Certificate of professional competence for road transport operators and transport managers.
  2. Driver attestation for third-country drivers.
  3. Certificate of professional competence for drivers.
  4. Driving licence – UK licences will no longer be automatically valid within the EU. The provisions of the 1949 Geneva Convention will apply for those EU countries that have recognised the Convention.
  5. The international carriage of goods in the EU is subject to possession of a Community licence, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009. Hauliers established in the United Kingdom, therefore, will no longer have access to the internal road haulage market in the EU.