To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about an exemption from cabotage rules for UK-based performing arts organisations touring in the EU; and whether the Secretary of State for Transport and the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (1) have met, or (2) will meet, to facilitate such an exemption.
15 February 2022
During negotiations on the Trade and Co-operation Agreement, the UK requested special arrangements for the specialist events haulier sector, which includes UK-based performing arts organisations touring in the EU, but the EU did not agree to this.
The Secretary of State for Transport and the Director General of the European Commission have not met, and there is no future engagement planned between them. We are however gathering the views from the public and affected parts of the industry on a proposal to support specialist hauliers by introducing a dual registration measure.