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Some UK Boat Owners Towing Vessels on Trailers May Soon Need New Licence to Enter EU

18th December 2021
Artist’s composite of UK and EU flags

Some UK boat owners towing vessels on trailers may face further post-Brexit red tape in the New Year with a new requirement to obtain international operational licences to cross EU borders.

As the Guardian reports, the latest guidance from the UK Government is that from May 2022, anyone driving a van, a light commercial vehicle or any car towing a trailer on a commercial basis will be required to have a “goods vehicle operator licence” to enter or exit the EU (and Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland).

And the paperwork doesn’t come cheap, with drivers expected to pay £257 (€303) for the application fee and a further £401 (€472) for the licence — plus another £401 “continuation fee” every five years.

What’s more, drivers towing boats for commercial purposes may have to complete a qualification course in order to designate themselves as “transport manager” as stipulated by the licence.

The Guardian has more on the story HERE.

This story was updated on 19 December to clarify that the new licence applies only to commercial transport.

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