The Road Haulage Association has responded to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on the Department for Transport’s implementation of Brexit agreeing that the report supports the opinions of its members.
“This report confirms what so many members have told us,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett. “Information has been patchy, often unhelpful, confusing and generally too little, too late.”
The PAC report outlines that there is a “real risk that the Department for Transport will not be ready in the event of the UK departing the EU without a negotiated deal, and this risk is increasing as time runs out to deliver what is needed.”
The report comments on the slow progress and poor communication around the prospect of a major disruption at ports, a lack of information and lack of time to plan and pass legislations.
Burnett said: “This has left hauliers at the sharp end of a bad Brexit outcome, struggling to keep the supply chain operating and their firms in business.”
The RHA is urging hauliers who operate internationally to plan ahead for a no-deal Brexit and apply now for annual ECMT permits. The deadline is 21 December.