The reality of a no-deal Brexit continues to loom large, and the uncertainty is taking its toll. With every industry assessing the impact such an outcome will have, EU road traffic has been the latest area of ambiguity.
A warning has been issued stating that British drivers and hauliers may need new licenses and registration certificates to drive in Europe post-Brexit. This is because the UK is signing up to a UN convention on road traffic it had previously avoided because of the red tape involved. Oh, the irony.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has written to the UK’s Prime Minister requesting a swift agreement on the format and timescales of future UK-EU trading relationships.
A spokesperson for the FTA, which represents all sectors of the UK’s logistics industry, stated: “British businesses have heard enough talking – what’s needed now is a concrete solution to enable all those involved in moving goods and services across the UK’s borders to plan with certainty for a post-Brexit future.”
The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill, which started its process through UK Parliament last week, will provide some clarity regarding the nature and scope of permits required, however the outcomes of the bill are yet to be agreed.
The biggest concern is the limited number of permits potentially available for British truck drivers if an alternative solution is not found. There are currently between 103 and 1,224 permits available each year to cover more than 300,000 journeys made by around 75,000 UK trucks. You don’t need to be a mathematician to realise those figures don’t add up.
The combination of Brexit, advanced technology and other disruptive forces is creating an uncertain future for UK haulage.
How do you think it’s going to pan out? And why are the odds so stacked against the truck driver?