Brexit: driving abroad is changing
Commercial drivers operating in the EU need to prepare for Brexit by making sure they have the right documents.
To prepare for deal and no deal scenarios, you need to:
- register trailers for international commercial use weighing over 750kg
- check if you need International Driving Permits and how many you may need
- contact your vehicle insurance provider to get a motor insurance green card
- display a GB sticker on your vehicle
From 28 March 2019, all commercial trailers over 750kg must be registered to travel from the UK to the EU.
International Driving Permits
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, you might need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in EU and the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
You can get IDPs from the Post Office.
Read our International Driving Permit guidance for more information about whether you require a permit and which types of permit you need.
Motor insurance green cards
Green cards are an international certificate of motor insurance. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, commercial drivers may need a green card as proof of third party motor insurance cover.
You should contact your insurer for more information and to get a card.
From 29 March, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to display a GB sticker even if your vehicle has a Euro-plate (a plate with a European flag and a GB label).
The Government remains confident that hauliers won’t need ECMT permits to drive in the EU after Brexit, but we are still progressing contingency plans to prepare for all scenarios.
As part of these contingency plans, we have secured more ECMT permits. We’ll let you know how we’re allocating these shortly.
Want to know more?
The UK Government’s Brexit website has information and updates on everything you should do to prepare for Brexit.