European Road Freight Service

Who is this for?   

The European Road Freight Service is valuable for all operators of vehicles that enter mainland Europe and beyond. 

What will we gain from taking this service?   

This subscription service is available to all FTA members, therefore in addition to the benefits of FTA membership, The European Road Freight Service will also provide you with the following.  

European Road Freight Guide

The definitive guide to operating goods vehicles in 57 countries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Updated annually, this guide helps to clarify the often-confusing set of regulations faced by UK-based operators moving goods in the EU and beyond. The guide provides transport managers with the information needed to avoid unexpected delays and deal effectively with roadside enforcement.

Information is given on public holidays, driving restrictions, weekend lorry bans, toll prices and other essential facts for fleet operators in both the hire and reward and own account sectors.

In addition, there is information on ferry services, plus advice on stowaways, cabotage, Customs procedures and theft prevention

A copy is provided free of charge to subscribers with further copies able to be purchased from FTA’s Shop

Monthly European Road Freight Digest 

A review of policy announcements, proposals and decisions by the UK Government and EU Institutions regarding public policy and regulation affecting road haulage. It keeps you up to date with:  

  • Current international issues by country such as road closures, fuel prices and public holidays  
  • Topical news items and legislation developments from Brussels  
  • Updates from HM Revenue and Customs  
  • Port and ferry news 

Subscribers to the European Road Freight Service can view current and previous copies of the monthly EU Road Freight Digest.

Alert bulletins

Essential emails reporting up-to-date announcements, proposals and issues affecting road transport around Europe. Enables you to:

  • re-route or delay sending your vehicles  
  • divert your drivers to prevent them wasting time in traffic queues  
  • advise your customers of possible delays  
  • manage and minimise the impact of disruptions to your customers  

Exclusive extras as members

Own account documents  

Available on request and free to European Road Freight Service subscribers, Own Account documents are available to those who only hold restricted operator licences and consequently cannot produce a Community Authorisation when travelling within the EU. These documents are usually sufficient to explain that your activities are on own account and not professional haulage; and keep most officials satisfied. 

TIR Carnets 

For those needing to transport freight beyond the EU, we can supply TIR Carnet documentation and guidance on the customs application procedure (available to subscribers to our European Road Freight or European Multimodal Services).

On hire certificates

This official form (VE 103) is available from FTA and is required by those who operate rental vehicles abroad as a substitute for the original V5 registration document (held by the rental company) which local enforcement officers will be expecting the driver to produce. 

Manager's Guide to Distribution Costs

In addition to great savings is the Manager's Guide to Distribution Costs - This annual guide lets you effectively monitor your transport costs using expert advice and quarterly updates on wages trends, vehicle operating costs and haulage rate trends, as well as forecasts and information on warehouse costs and how to manage fuel costs. Add this additional benefit (£200).

Do you want to find out more?   

Contact us and we can guide you through this subscription service and any other additions that may benefit your individual operation. 

Interested in FTA Membership?

Find out more to see how we can help you be compliant, be connected and be confident...

For more information, please complete our European Information Service application form or enquire online to see how we can tailor a membership package to suit your operation.

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