Government funds Retrofit Kit development

With the rise of Clean Air Zones (CAZ), more and more operators’ are seeing a rising need to refit or replace their vehicles to meet the requirements and emissions levels. But with demand far outstripping the production of new, Euro 6 vehicles it is proving to be an expensive endevour.

This has given rise to Government providing Eminox, Proventia and Baumot; all producers/manufacturers of retrofit conversion kits £1 Million to research and develop a new line of the aforementioned kits to help with the demand.

You can read more on the topic over at Transport Operator.

ECMT; a Further Review

Further to our recent post on ECMT’s (Link), we are now able to share this recent release from the ‘International Road Haulage Permit Office’ (hereafter called IRHPO), concerning the rules concerning ECMT’s.


New rules: 90% of journeys to the EU don’t need an ECMT permit

Thank you for applying for a European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit.

Since you applied, the EU has confirmed that UK hauliers will be able to continue travelling to the EU after 29 March if we leave without a deal. Most journeys will remain unaffected until 31 December.

You do not need an ECMT permit for
·      Travel (empty or laden) to any EU Member State and return
·      Travel (empty or laden) to any EEA Member State (Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland) and return
·      Transit through Switzerland to any EU/EEA Member State
·      Transit through any EU or EEA Member State to another EU or EEA Member State
·      Journeys to or from Ireland
·      Travelling through Ireland on journeys between Northern Ireland and Great Britain
·      Cabotage (ECMT permits do not allow cabotage)
·      Cross trade (you can make two onward journeys to other EU countries in a single trip before 31 July*)
·      Cross trade (you can make one onward journey to other EU countries in a single trip between 1 August and 31 October 2019*)

 

You have not been allocated an annual ECMT permit but you may request a short-term ECMT permit if required for transit journeys in April.

ECMT permits allow transit through the EU (or EEA) to countries which are not part of the EU or EEA such as Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Morocco.

Important!

If you request permits which are not used you may not be eligible for ECMT permits in the future.

There will be further opportunities to request ECMT permits later in the year.

We will monitor use of ECMT permits and may request the return of unused permits.

ECMT permits are only valid when accompanied by Certificates of Roadworthiness and Compliance.

All trips must be recorded on the log book which is issued with the ECMT permit and completed record sheets returned to the DVSA within two weeks after the end of the validity period.

How to obtain ECMT permits for transit during April

  • Short-term ECMT permits can be used for transit to a country outside of the EU or EEA.
  • If you need a short-term ECMT permit for transit during April you will be able to request these from 13:00 on Friday 22 March by emailing shorttermECMT@dvsa.gov.uk.
  • Permits will be issued to operators if they demonstrate that a permit is required during April.
  • Permits will be limited initially to five per operator request.
  • You should request your permit at least 2 weeks before travel if possible to allow sufficient time for the permit and certificates of roadworthiness to be issued.
  • More short-term permits will be made available for future months; information will be provided closer to the time.

Please include the following in your email:

  • Operator licence number
  • State whether vehicle is Euro V or Euro VI
  • Journey destination (permits will only be issued for transit to countries outside of the EU/EEA)
  • Evidence of travel to third country destination during April (e.g. contract to import/export, evidence of recent/regular travel to the third country destination will also be accepted)
  • Number of permits required for April (max 5)
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Vehicle and trailer type and make
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Engine type/number

If you do not include this information in your email it will take longer for us to process your request and you may not receive the documents in time for travel.

You must also request a Certificate of Compliance for both vehicle and trailer from the respective manufacturer.

ECMT permits are only valid when accompanied by Certificates of Roadworthiness and Compliance.

When you travel your trailer must be registered. You can register your trailer here.

You must check other requirements for driving in the EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit-lorry-and-goods-vehicle-drivers

IRHPO | International Road Haulage Permit Office

Hillcrest House| 386 Harehills Lane | Leeds | LS9 6NF
Tel: 03306 78 1117

IRHP@dvsa.gov.uk


If you have any questions about ECMT’s, whether you will need one or any other related matter; either contact the IRHPO using the provided contact information above, or reach out to our offices by phone (01634 731310), Email (Admin@tmc-assist.co.uk) or Mail (Beta House, Culpepper Close, Medway City Estate, Rochester, Kent ME2 4HU)

A Look into ECMT Permits (European Conference of Ministers of Transport)

What follows below are two emails; the first being in relation to an application one of our clients made for an ECMT Permit, followed by our response sent to them. We present them here as a stark look into the nature & purpose of the permits. If you have concerns regarding Brexit, and it’s swiftly approaching effects on our industry, please follow this link and read it in great detail.

Please note that names have been removed to protect individuals’ privacy.


Dear Operator

Thank you for applying for a European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit.

Applications status: Unsuccessful;                                           

We received a high number of applications for the limited number of annual permits available.

Unfortunately, you have not been successful in the first round of permit allocations as your application scored lower than other applications.

What happens next?

The UK Government has secured an additional allocation of ECMT permits. Further information on how additional permits and short-term permits will be allocated will be communicated to you shortly.

Will ECMT permits be necessary to continue to drive in the EU?

The Government’s priority continues to be to secure a deal with the European Union which maintains the current, liberalised, permit-free access arrangements. Even in the event of no-deal however, we are confident that you won’t need an ECMT permit to continue operating in the EU.

There are a number of developments you should know about:

  • The European Commission has published proposals that would allow UK hauliers to continue carrying goods to and from the EU until the end of 2019 if there is no deal, without the need for an ECMT permit. These will need to be agreed by the European Council and European Parliament, and are being considered by both bodies urgently.
  • Even if this proposal is not agreed, the UK has 21 existing bilateral agreements with EU Member States which the Government considers will come back into force once the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and would ensure continued access for UK hauliers.
  • The French Government has proposed offering continued access to UK hauliers if there is no deal with the EU, and we believe other Member States are considering similar steps.
  • The Government continues to progress work on new or updated bilateral arrangements with EU Member States to ensure hauliers can continue to operate across as many countries as possible, without the need for an ECMT permit.

Given these developments, the Government is confident that you shouldn’t need an ECMT permit to continue doing a range of business in all or much of the EU, even in the event of no deal. But it is important to continue to prepare for all possible scenarios and therefore you will still be considered in the next round of allocations.

Further steps you need to take

1)      Register your trailers

Regardless of the outcome of EU negotiations, there are new requirements for the separate registration of commercial trailers from 28 March 2019. More information on how to register your trailers is available on Gov.UK.

2)      IDPs and Green Cards

You may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) and a Motor Insurance Green Card to continue to drive in the EU in the event of no-deal.

IDPs can be obtained from the Post Office for £5.50. To obtain a Motor Insurance Green Card, contact your vehicle insurer.

Get more information and register for updates at gov.uk/euexitdriving.

International Road Haulage Permit Office
Hillcrest House | 386 Harehills Lane | Leeds | LS9 6NF
Phone: 0330 678 1117

irhp@dvsa.gov.uk


Good morning Sirs,

European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit

I am puzzled as to why your office is writing to holders of international operators licences, inviting them to submit an application for the ECMT. I fully understand that Brexit has led to a degree of uncertainty.

I have a client who made the application as requested, the cost to him was £20 per trailer, as he only requested two permits he was only required to pay £40. My client received an email on the 9th February informing him that his application was unsuccessful on this occasion, and I quote,“…Unfortunately, you have not been successful in the first round of permit allocations as your application scored lower than other applications”. This response implies that if he try again, at a future time then he could be successful? One would suggest that this would be at another cost of £40?

However, when one goes on to read the information contained in the email, it would appear, that if one holds an International Operators Licence, they need not worry, if they don’t have an ECMT Permit, and that the application for such a permit is considered  as a, ‘just in case’ application. It would appear that both the EU and the UK have agreed to the ongoing, and as stated in the email, and I quote, “…, a liberalised, permit-free access arrangements. Even in the event of no-deal however, we are confident that you won’t need an ECMT permit to continue operating in the EU..”. Even if this agreement is withdrawn, although I would believe that this is highly unlikely. The EU has already stated that “…. they would allow UK hauliers to continue carrying goods to and from the EU until the end of 2019 if there is no deal, without the need for an ECMT permit…”.

The email then continues to state that “…Even if this proposal is not agreed, the UK has 21 existing bilateral agreements with EU Member States which the Government considers will come back into force once the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and would ensure continued access for UK hauliers…” . In addition, “…The French Government has proposed offering continued access to UK hauliers if there is no deal with the EU, and we believe other Member States are considering similar steps…”.

Finally the email finishes off by saying, “…Given these developments, the Government is confident that you shouldn’t need an ECMT permit to continue doing a range of business in all or much of the EU, even in the event of no deal…”.

I would agree that the final sentence does suggest that companies need to be prepared for any eventuality. However, I would be of the view that in light of what has been expressed in the email from your office, the likelihood of ever needing a ECMT Permit, is so far removed that it could be considered as unnecessary. Maybe even, ‘scare mongering’.

For those operators who have been unsuccessful in obtaining the ECMT will they receive a refund? If at the end of the day, there is no need to an ECMT will those companies that have been successful be able to claim their costs back?

I truly believe that this email just typifies and exacerbates the degree of uncertainty, from certain departments within the government, that is not needed.

Yours sincerely

Graham Doughty MA AAE LCGI FIMI FCILT MCSFS MSAE MIRTE MSOE MIHE MInstLM MInstTA

TMC Assist. The Hayward Suite, Beta House, Culpeper Close, Laser Quay Business Village, Rochester, Kent ME2 4HU

Tel: 01634 731310, Fax: 01634 295593, Mobile: 07894 097945

Lawyer Monthly Interview

Recently, Graham Doughty took part in an interview with Expert Witness. In it, he talks about issues facing the industry, and gives his opinion on the current regulations.

This interview can be read here.

Transport Lawyer firm Backhouse Jones calls for Clear Drivers’ Hours

In a recent interview, Transport Lawyer James Backhouse claims that by failing to provide clear and regularly updated guideline for dealing with Drivers’ Hours offences; Enforcement Authorities may be “…breaching government guidelines…”

To read the full article; follow this link.

With the deadline for Drivers’ CPC renewals less than a year away, why not look at booking your drivers on to one of our regularly scheduled courses? – why not “Driver Responsibilities, Tachographs, RTD and the Law” module?

Further FORS Briefings to Roll Out Nationwide

Following the previous batch held in May & June 2018; FORS is hosting a new series of briefings at key locations across the UK, designed to update its members on a wide number of issues such as Version 5 of the FORS Standards.

Although dates have not yet been confirmed on the FORS website (as of the publication of this post), some sources have the following dates and locations as strong possibilities.

  • Birmingham – 5 November
  • Bristol – 6 November
  • London – 7 November
  • Newcastle – 19 November
  • Edinburgh – 20 November
  • Crumlin –  22 November

With FORS increasing it’s scrutiny and standards for members, it is strongly advisable to attend on of these briefings if possible. To contact FORS, send an email to enquiries@fors-online.org.uk.

‘No Deal Brexit’ is No-Good for the Industry

With the possibility of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit looming large, a number of operators have built up expectations that certain parts of our relationship with the EU will disappear or change when it occurs.

But in truth, very little will change – The Driver CPC will go nowhere.

Our supply chain and logistic will still rely quite heavily on Europe.

And there are concerns that Kent may become nothing more than a glorified car park.

Do not let this major change in our system go past un-noticed in your current and future business plans. Stay informed, stay involved.