RHA proposes Brexit solution for international road haulage

5th May 2017

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the UK and the EU to agree a comprehensive Land Transport Agreement that will allow unfettered international road haulage for licenced UK and EU operators within both the UK and the EU to continue.

The RHA proposal is that the Land Transport Agreement will require UK and EU international operators to work with the EU and international norms in respect of international road haulage regulation. It will allow licenced UK and EU road haulage operators to undertake unlimited international road haulage to, from and through the UK and all EU Member States.

Commenting, 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.

“We are consulting our members on this proposal and will be sharing it with partner trade bodies in Europe”, Richard Burnett continued. “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.”

The RHA proposal for a UK – EU Land Transport Agreement can be found here.


Notes to Editors

The Road Haulage Association is the leading trade association representing road haulage and distribution companies who commercially operate HGVs. Our 7,000 members operate near to 100,000 HGVs nationally and internationally. Companies range in size from those working with a single truck to those with thousands of vehicles.

Largely taken for granted, these companies provide an essential service on which the people and businesses of the UK depend. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the houses we live in and the places where we work all depend upon road haulage working to get goods to where they need to be.