Cabotage is the haulage of goods for hire or reward in one member state by a vehicle registered in a different member state.

A goods vehicle operator can carry out a limited number of ‘cabotage’ jobs in another EU member state if they are a haulier with European Community Authorisation. The jobs must follow a journey where goods were transported from the UK or another member state.

Standard international licence holders automatically qualify for Community Authorisation.

European Union rules limit the number of Cabotage journeys that can be done in any seven day period to three separate journeys. Furthermore if it is within that seven day period and entry into the country is unladen, the haulier can make just one Cabotage operation within three days of entry. If the driver is unable to produce the correct documentation the DVSA can issue fixed penalties and impound vehicles and their loads. 

In relation to the cabotage rules, our transport solicitors can:

  • Challenge fixed penalty notices or DVSA decisions to impound vehicles following alleged breaches of cabotage rules
  • Implement a written cabotage policy for your organisation
  • Provide advice regarding documentation that drivers must carry.

For further information on Cabotage and how we can help, please contact our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team on 01279 755777.

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