The Road Haulage Association is warning plans in the Government’s latest technical notice on commercial freight in the EU are too little, too late.
The RHA is astounded by the suggestion that hauliers should consider alternative modes of transport to move goods between the UK and the EU in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “Goods are moved by road because of speed and efficiency – the UK relies on it’s incredibly efficient supply chain for consumers and businesses to get the things they need.
“This would very quickly put the manufacturing sector under severe pressure and the hauliers they rely on out of business.”
The Government has not said if it will require EU hauliers to apply for ECMT permits to enter the UK if UK operators are forced to obtain ECMT permits to enter the EU. The RHA says it’s unacceptable if permit requirements are not reciprocal.
We’re very concerned that there’s no mention of plans for freight movements between the UK and the Irish Republic.
Richard Burnett continued: “It’s essential that if there’s a “no deal” it is accompanied with the already agreed implementation period to give businesses a chance to avoid chaos in the supply chain.”
He called on the EU to recognise that striking a deal on Brexit is in the best interests of everyone – whether in the UK or EU.