As a HGV driver, there are many rules and regulations that need to be adhered to throughout your daily operations. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay on top of everything, especially when both UK and EU rules differ and are subject to change at any given time. While there may be resources out there to help you stay compliant, it’s worthwhile to do your own research every now and again, just for your own peace of mind.
What to consider when crossing borders as a HGV driver
The good news is that a HGV Training Centre will give you the tools you need to ensure compliance across a host of areas, but what should you think about before crossing borders as your journey gets underway?
In the past few years, illegal immigration at border crossings has become one of the biggest concerns for HGV drivers across Europe. More and more individuals are hoping to find their way into the UK and are hiding on lorries and trucks to get there. Issues with this not only arise when driver and vehicle safety are concerned, but also legal ramifications, as drivers found with illegal immigrants on board will be held responsible even if they’re unaware of their presence (this could lead to hefty fines and more).
Tracking border crossings via tachograph
In February 2022, new laws were introduced by the European Commission regarding the information recorded via tachograph, as many digital implementations currently do not record border crossings. New rules state that these must be made manually, including the time of the crossing from the beginning of your first stop, to as close to the border as possible. If your vehicle is crossing borders while on a ferry or train, recordings must be made at the point of arrival (either at the port or station).
Cabotage operations were also updated in March 2022 and these state that a maximum of 3 can be performed in one country within 7 days and drivers will be expected to have a cool-down period of 4 days before reentering the country in question.
Additional considerations for those using the M20 motorway to Dover and Eurotunnel
If you are travelling on the M20 motorway to Dover or the Eurotunnel, traffic management systems Operation Stack and Operation Brock must be adhered to in the event of travel disruptions. This will include using signed routes only, adhering to lowered speed regulations and joining lorry queues when prompted.