British musicians touring the EU can now travel in the same vehicle as their equipment.
The Department of Transport has confirmed that so-called 'splitter vans' do not fall under the post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), meaning individual EU states make their own rules.
The Musicians' Union (MU) and Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), which have been lobbying for this arrangement, are delighted.
The TCA said people and equipment could not be transported in the same vehicle - "a disaster for touring musicians, particularly at grassroots level", the MU says.
National Organiser for Live Performance Dave Webster, said this is a relief and "a major step forward".
“A ban on splitter vans would have made European touring almost impossible for small to medium scale bands, especially given the costs of carnets, visas, work permits and Covid testing they are already bearing."
ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said a visa waiver agreement is needed to remove the red tape.
"It’s great that on this occasion the industries’ campaigning work has paid off, but there is much more the Government should be doing."