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Hauliers reassured about paperwork

Shropshire hauliers have been reassured they will be able to continue journeys between the EU and the UK as usual after October 31st – even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Currently hauliers require an ECMT permit to travel to or through European Conference of Ministers of Transport member countries.

And Martin Pitchford, from Henshalls Insurance Brokers in Newport and Shrewsbury, said despite fears that Brexit would lead to overly complicated paperwork and restrictions, this would not be the case.

“Hauliers will be able to complete most international journeys until December 31st 2019 without extra permits, and that’s even if there’s a no-deal Brexit. We have been advising our clients that they should be prepared for any circumstance by ensuring all drivers have all the paperwork they may need, no matter what route they are following.

“Whether we leave with a deal or without one, or whether we leave at all, there is bound to be a period of transition and adjustment that will take some time to settle. It’s better that hauliers prepare carefully in order to comply with whatever rules are in place.”

Mr Pitchford said transport firms were already required to have a standard international operator licence for journeys to, through or from the EU and European Economic Area, as well as an EU Community Licence.

“With the EU Community Licence, you can use your existing document until the end of the year. This will allow you to travel from the UK, for example, on a journey to Germany, and to do journeys to the UK from an EU country such as Italy.

“You can also drive through EU countries to reach another EU country such as driving through France to Spain.”

Mr Pitchford said hauliers would not need extra permits for haulage in Ireland if there was a no deal Brexit either – EU Community Licences would still be valid for journeys to and from Ireland, through Ireland to other EU or EEA countries, and through Ireland between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“Clearly hauliers will be concerned about changes that may occur after Brexit and how their business may be affected, but by keeping paperwork up to date and ensuring they have the right insurance cover in place, they can protect themselves from any potential confusion.”


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