Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

New FTA guide for international road transport

The Freight Transport Association has released the latest version of its International Road Transport Guide, aimed at keeping UK-based operators up-to-date with international transport regulations.

Don Armour, FTA’s international manager and editor of the guide, said: “International road transport operators often face confusing sets of local and national regulations that they do not encounter in the UK, including weekend bans, local weight restrictions and city centre bans linked to low emissions.

“What with different processes and penalties for dealing with tachograph and drivers’ hours infringements, roadworthiness issues and inappropriate loading of the vehicle in each country, this guide should become an indispensable addition to the office.”

The guide uses country profiles to give information on how to avoid unanticipated delays and deal effectively with roadside enforcement.

It also provides more general information, such as ferry routes for planning journeys, guidance on the rules relating to cabotage (domestic freight activity in another state) and advice on Customs procedures and security.

The guide is complemented by FTA’s:
• Member Advice Centre – providing legal advice and assistance to members who encounter problems when operating abroad.
• Monthly digest – ensuring FTA’s international members are kept up-to-speed with any changes affecting HGV operations across the EU.
• News alerts – circulated to international carriers where serious disruptions to traffic are anticipated or to provide updates on ongoing problems.