Aside from the uncertainty regarding a long-awaited Spain-UK exchange agreement for regular driving licences, there is another driving change is on the horizon in 2022 which has been confirmed, and it concerns vans or car trailers.
The change comes into force in May 21st, 2022.
The changes do not affect everyone and depend first of all on the size of your van or trailer and secondly on the reason for your trip.
The rules apply to;
- vans with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) over 2,500kg (2.5 tonnes) and up to and including 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes)
- vans towing a trailer with a gross train weight (GTW) over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
- cars towing a trailer with a GTW over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
The smallest Ford Transit-type vans are generally less than 2.5 tonnes MAM, but a long-wheel base van is likely to be covered by this regulation.
Then there is the purpose of your trip.
The licence is not required if you are “transporting goods on a non-commercial basis (not for ‘hire or reward’)”, the UK government website states.
So if for example you have loaded up your own van to bring furniture over to your Spanish house, then the licence is not required because you are not being paid for this service – although you may have to pay duty on the items you bring in.
But the regulation will cover removal firms or couriers – so if you are using any of these services to transport goods to Spain, expect prices to increase to cover the operator’s costs.
The regulations apply only to those based in the UK, so if you want to take a van over from Spain to the UK then there is no need for the extra licence.
Find full details of the changes on the UK government’s page HERE.