The Road Haulage Association has called on the UK and the EU to agree a comprehensive Land Transport Agreement to allow unfettered international road haulage for UK and EU operators.
However, cabotage would be excluded from the agreement.
Under the RHA plan, UK and EU international operators would have to work with the EU and international norms in respect of international road haulage regulation. It would allow operators to undertake unlimited international road haulage to, from and through the UK and all EU Member States.
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “This simple approach is not revolutionary, similar agreements are already in place. What this will do is provide confidence to the road haulage industry in the UK and the EU that the rules we all work to will be clear and transparent.”
The RHA does not believe that any proposal that allows cabotage to continue will be acceptable across the EU, it is therefore suggesting that cabotage is excluded from the Land Transport Agreement.
Burnett said: “We all need a system that works well for UK, Irish, French and other EU road haulage operators. There is plenty of time for anyone using cabotage arrangements as part of their supply chain to consider how they may have change the way work after Brexit.”