Taking a lorry abroad
You need a valid passport, the correct driving licence and must comply with EU rules on drivers’ hours and tachograph use.
All vehicle drivers, passengers and any crew members must have a valid passport.
You don’t need a visa for entry into other EU member states if you hold an EU passport, but you may need a visa if you’re travelling beyond the EU. You should check the entry requirements for the country you plan to travel to.
Drivers’ hours and tachographs
However, working time rules vary and there are certain tachograph exemptions.
Read DVSA’s guide to drivers’ hours rules for goods vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales and Europe.
The International Driving Permit (IDP)
You’ll need an IDP to drive in certain countries. This shows the details from your driving licence in other languages. It includes:
- your driving entitlements
- your validity periods
You still need to carry your driving licence at all times - an IDP is not a replacement.
You’ll need to check the rules on cabotage if you’re using your lorry to transport goods within certain EU member states.
You can find more detailed information on: