From 1 March of this year, foreign transport companies will be obliged to register temporary transport contracts carried out by foreign drivers in the Netherlands via an online counter.

Bvba Wim Dekeyser, an international claims representative specialised in theft, has informed us that, as of 1 March 2020, the Dutch authorities will require all foreign transport companies to register their foreign drivers who will be driving in the Netherlands via an online platform. The new requirement applies to all transports in, to or from the Netherlands (except transit), and to both employed and self-employed drivers.

A website with all the relevant information has been set up. This is available in Dutch, English and German.

Registration is already possible now

From 1 March 2020, it will be obligatory to register every new temporary secondment. Temporary transport activities that will take place on or after 1 March 2020 can be registered via the online registration counter since 10 February.

Consequences still unclear

The impact of the new regulations on the daily activities of European transport and logistics companies is not yet clear at the moment. The measure seems to contradict the free movement of people and services within the European Union. This is why the mandatory registration may still be disputed by the European authorities and/or professional organisations.
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