The Department for Transport has reminded hauliers that they have until Friday 21st December to apply for ECMT permits, which might be needed if the UK leaves the European Union without a formal deal next year.
The Road Haulage Association has warned that a no-deal Brexit would leave the haulage industry staggering towards a cliff-edge disaster.
Following a meeting with transport secretary Chris Grayling, RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “A deal will avoid reliance on an acute shortage of permits and measures for customs that are unworkable and impractical.”
“The RHA has never taken a political view on Brexit. but the RHA’s Board of Directors feel parliamentary approval for a deal that includes a transition period is essential to avoid crippling the supply chain. The RHA believes any outcome delivered by Parliament that fails to deliver this is irresponsible.”
The Food Storage & Distribution Federation has also backed the deal. “We support the Withdrawal Agreement, because it provides the necessary certainty for businesses seeking to manage an effective food supply chain. Any other scenario, from a no deal Brexit to a further protracted period of uncertainty will add regrettable costs and disruption. We urge MPs to reach an agreement as soon as possible,” said chief executive Shane Brennan.
Operators that wish to apply for ECMT permits must first be registered on the online Vehicle Operator Licensing system.