UK hauliers and commercial drivers who operate in the EU will need a number of new documents if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has confirmed drivers will require an International Driving Permit in some countries (France, Italy and Cyprus) and adult and child passports should have at least six months left to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).

The DVLA has urged drivers to check their passports and to bear in mind that an ECMT international road haulage permit may be required for some journeys. However, 99% of journeys between the UK and the EU will continue as they are now and will not need a permit until at least 31 December 2019.

Vehicle documents required include a motor insurance green card for the vehicle and/or trailer and for separate policies like insurance renewal. Vehicles will also need to display a GB sticker and have a valid log book.

In addition to driver and vehicle documents, drivers will need to request separate cargo and customs documents from their shipping agent. They will also need more documents if they are transporting high risk goods or animal/plant/other controlled products.

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It is the responsibility of the exporter to provide these documents, but they will be needed to take goods across the border.

The DVLA has warned EU countries may impose different requirements on their side of the border. Carrying goods that do not comply with EU requirements could result in delays or penalties.

In particular, it has urged drivers to familiarize themselves with the import and export guidance for France, the Netherlands and Spain.

It has also provided more information on Operation Brock, which it says will play a vital role in the event of  a no-deal Brexit and ensure that goods continue to flow in and out of the UK, keeping disruption to a minimum.

The plan is designed to tackle disruption at the border by queuing lorries bound for Europe on the M20, while keeping all other traffic moving on both directions on the other side of the motorway. If the M20 capacity is not sufficient, Manston airport and, if necessary, the M26 could also be used to queue lorries.