New act to make it easier for cross border haulage with EU post Brexit
The queen has passed the new Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act, as part of preparation for exiting the EU.
This new act will give the UK a legal framework for hauliers to operate in the EU if they need permits or registrations.
According to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling:
“Royal Assent of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act is a significant step in our preparations for exiting the European Union.
The haulage industry is at the heart of our trading relationship with the EU and we are confident that we will reach an agreement to maintain the current liberal access that is beneficial to both sides.
But these powers give us the flexibility to have systems in place if a permit system is required and provides reassurance for hauliers to continue planning for a smooth EU exit.”
What if it’s a No-Deal!
However not everyone is as positive as the Transport Secretary. The RHA is concerned that this Act won’t be enough to save some hauliers from collapse if there’s a Brexit no-deal!
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said:
“A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for business. Relying on permits would be like a step back in time and would mean a very limited number of UK trucks working abroad, so many firms relying on cross-border haulage won’t survive.
“The government needs to ensure there’s uncapped access to EU states through a single European permit or bilateral agreements so UK hauliers can continue to move goods internationally.”
What will happen is looking more and more like it’s in the lap of the gods (or perhaps Michel Barnier!)