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FTA calls for action not words as post-Brexit trucking bill is launched

[ February 7, 2018   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for swift agreement on the format and timescales for the UK’s future trading relationships with Europe, to allow a seamless transition to new arrangements.

It says that the Haulage Permits & Trailer Registration Bill, which begins its process through parliament today (7 February), should provide some clarity for logistics operators on the nature and scope of the permits they will be required to obtain from May 2019.  However, the outcomes of the bill still have to be agreed with Michel Barnier’s team at the European Parliament, in order to ensure that the remaining 27 EU countries will adhere to the UK’s proposed solutions for cross-border traffic.

FTA deputy chief executive, James Hookham, said: “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 time for discussions is over – what the country’s businesses need now is action, to keep trading Britain trading without penalty or hindrance.”

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