Exit day is 31st October 2019
Whilst the UK is in the EU, road transport continues as usual. Once the UK leaves the EU, road transport to and in the EU will be subject to new arrangements.
International ECMT permits were oversubscribed in the first round, accordingly the UK opened a new round of ECMT permit applications in March 2019 –
The government has secured additional ECMT permits at the ECMT Road Transport Group meeting. These include both Euro V and Euro VI permits. There are now:
• 1,320 annual Euro VI permits
• 290 annual Euro V permits
• 3,744 short-term Euro VI permits (valid for 30 days)
• 1,080 short-term Euro V permits (valid for 30 days)
Annual permits cover all journeys made using the permit between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Monthly permits are valid for all journeys within 30 days of the start date listed on the permit.
UK hauliers will be able to carry on doing work to and from the EU, after the 31st October 2019 for a short time, under the EU Contingency law enacted (see diagram). This law allows UK registered operators to carry out road haulage to EU member states until 31 December 2019. The new rules were approved by the EU Parliament and Council in March and allow most journeys without a permit until 31 December 2019:
• travel to any EU member state (empty or laden) and return (empty or laden)
• a limited amount of ‘cross-trade’ or ‘cabotage’ work
• the EU law does not allow permit free access to non-EU countries – an ECMT permit will be required (after Exit) to transit EU member states to a 3rd countries such as Switzerland or Turkey.
I will update this post or issue a new Blog post when the arrangements for 2020 are announced.
Enquiries should be made to the UK Department for Transport.