International Road Transport Operator Conferences

Various locations | October 2018

Everything you need to know to operate internationally!

With just over 200 days until Brexit, it is high time to make sure your business is Brexit-proof. Will you need haulage permits? What type of driving licence do your drivers need depending on the countries you operate in? Hauliers will also be responsible for filing entry and exit customs declarations.


Agenda highlights:

  • Make your business Brexit-proof
  • Get heads up about upcoming road haulage rules
  • Network with your peers and ask industry and Government experts how to remain compliant when operating abroad


Your key takeaways:

  • Brexit toolbox for hauliers
  • Trailer registration rules
  • Advice set to stay compliant road haulier abroad in 2019


Special price for subscribers to the European Road Freight Service - £99 plus VAT

(Be sure to mention this offer at the point of registering). 

10 am – 15.30 pm


  • Welcome & update on FTA activities
  • Voting session on key challenges experienced during the last year. Speaker: Pauline Bastidon

PART 1: Compliance Session 

  • Forthcoming legislative changes for international haulage: state of play of discussions in Brussels: posting rules & impact on minimum wage requirements, drivers’ hours rules, new tachograph rules, operator licensing for vans. Speaker: Sarah Laouadi, FTA
  • A focus on enforcement priorities in Europe including the ban on weekly rest in the vehicle and how it is enforced in various European countries & update on the latest developments on minimum wage rules – Speaker: John Lucy, FTA

Refreshment break

  • Trailer registration: a new trailer registration scheme is about to be launched. What trailers will have to be registered? By whom? What will the registration process look like? Speaker: Rebecca Naylor, DVLA (Milton Keynes) / Craig Phillips, DVLA (Liverpool) / Louise Pierpoint, DVLA (Brands Hatch)
  • Situation around Calais and beyond: what can operators do to protect their drivers and lorries against stowaways & update on the revision of the code of practice. Speaker: Border Force

Lunch break 

Part 2: Brexit: impact on international haulage and how to prepare for it

  • Voting: question on biggest worry/challenge and on the state of preparedness
  • Customs aspects: what are the responsibilities of hauliers in terms of customs formalities.Attendees will be briefed on their new responsibilities and how to avoid being hold up at the border because of missing documents or mishandled customs formalities
  • Access to haulage market: Will you need permits to operate in the EU? What will change for your drivers? How and when can you ensure that your drivers have an international driving permit? – Speaker: Clare Boam (Milton Keynes) / Morag Rethans (Liverpool) / Rupesh Mehta (Brands Hatch), Department for Transport, Road EU Negotiations, Roads EU Exit
  • Status of EU employees: How to discuss post-Brexit options with EU employees without breaking any HR rules?
  • EU employees.Speaker: Sally Gilson
  • Wrap-up on Brexit preparedness: What can you do?
  • Concluding remarks

Refreshment break