Thursday, November 19, 2020

Window Closes on UK Haulier Permits for Continued Operation Throughout the EU

No ECMT Documents Likely to Mean European Ban on Transport
Shipping News Feature

UK – The final application date for next year’s ECMT permits, which allow the transport of most types of goods, or even to drive an empty vehicle through European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) member countries, is Friday 20 November at 23.59 hours.

Currently ECMT permits are not needed for journeys within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. This however could change and mean a permit will be required from 1 January 2021 as EU Community Licences for international road haulage become defunct for UK haulage operators.

Failure to obtain a permit will regardless mean hauliers will have to cease working in the areas currently concerned i.e. through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK to Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Permits will only be allocated once the application period closes. At this stage it is still not clear if these permits will apply for EU only trips but hauliers affected should certainly ensure their applications are lodged in time which can be done HERE.

More information and advice can be seen in latest iteration of the government’s Haulier Handbook. The site is to be updated as the situation changes. Additionally the government has opened 45 geographically located advice centres specifically for hauliers and placed on some of the busiest routes for trucks across the UK. The full list can be found HERE.

Photo: The locations of the government’s haulier advice centres.