Contingency legislation for UK lorries to continue operating abroad won’t save hauliers from going out of business if there’s a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, warns the Road Haulage Association.
The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act gives the UK a legal framework for hauliers to operate in the EU if they need permits or registrations.
The RHA is concerned however that the Act is not enough. We need the Government and EU to strike a deal that maintains the free access across borders much of the UK economy relies on – quota-free movement is essential.
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for business. Relying on permits would be like a step back in time and would mean a very limited number of UK trucks working abroad, so many firms relying on cross-border haulage won’t survive.
“The government needs to ensure there’s uncapped access to EU states through a single European permit or bilateral agreements so UK hauliers can continue to move goods internationally.”