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Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL14220, tabled on 4 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in a no-deal Brexit, they intend to issue European Conference of Ministers of Transport permits to UK lorry drivers; and if so, how many they plan to issue.

Answered on

15 March 2019

The Government is issuing ECMT permits to UK hauliers. We have made legislation setting out how these permits will be allocated and hauliers have already applied for these. So far, we have allocated 984 annual permits to hauliers. There are a further 626 annual permits and 4,824 short-term permits that we can allocate to UK hauliers.

However, we do not intend to rely on ECMT permits. The EU is close to agreeing a new regulation meaning UK operators will be able to carry out road haulage to EU Member States until 31 December 2019. This will allow UK hauliers to make most international journeys without a permit. ECMT permits would only be required for some journeys not covered by the EU regulation.