Guidance has been issued by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner on the permit application scheme and operators need to be registered and apply for these permits.
The ECMT international road haulage permit system allows journeys between 43 member countries.
At present, the UK issues Community Licences for international journeys, which are recognised in the EU.
Preparations have been made in case ECMT permits are needed for road haulage operations to the EU after March 2019.
Operators need to be aware that the number of permits available will be limited and a permit needs to be carried in each vehicle that’s making an international journey.
In order to apply for an annual ECMT permit, you needed to have registered via the Vehicle Operator Licensing System. The time period to apply for permits has been extended to 18 January 2018. Although the European Commission recently said it would be allowing UK and EU operators to maintain the movement of goods between the UK and other EU Member States until the end of December 2019, this is not law and it can be cancelled at any time, so we advise you to apply for an ECMT permit as soon as possible.
The Government has issued a fact sheet about the process. This can be found at: www.gov.uk/euexitdriving. Applications can be made here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ecmt-international-road-haulage-permits.
If you require further advice, please contact a member of our regulatory team on 01254 828300.