RHA issues a checklist ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU

The agreed transition period for the UK leaving Europe is to end on 31st December 2020 @ 23:00 (GMT). After this, many new systems and procedures will go into place for any and all haulage entering/exiting the UK into the EU.

To help operators prepare for this, the RHA has issued a checklist which outlines steps you must take NOW and those you can sort out later down the line. Obviously this information may change, and these cannot cover all aspects that are to come with this monumental change to how we operate a border between the UK and The EU, but it is a strong foundation to get yourself prepared from.

This checklist can be read here.

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RHA voices concerns regarding the future of UK Drivers’ access to the EU

As Brussels continues to refusal to grant UK drivers the access the industry will need to continue operating within Europe, the RHA has recently spoken out on the matter.

With Europe continuing to push for the removal of cabotage, it looks likely the UK will have to follow suit.

Please read more here.

The Traffic Commissioners Annual Report 2019/2020

This annual report tackles issues and provides information on major aspects of hte Traffic Commissioners’ judicial, regulatory & administrative roles.

This year’s report obviously centres around Covid-19, Brexit and our departure from the EU including what this will mean for the Industry.

The report can be read in full here.

Plans for a Post-Brexit Lorry Park in Ashford meets staunch resistance

With plans for a new Lorry Park, stretching over 27-acres to be situated in Ashford; the plan is to have the site act as a pit-stop between Brexit Customs Clearance Facilities and other services located near Dover. However many members of the Public have voiced strong objections to the plan.

For more details, please follow this link.

Concerns arise as HMRC has yet to build GVSM IT System

With a little under six months left before the Brexit Transition period expires, HMRC appears to be facing a crunch to get the proposed Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) in place in time. The system is intended to allow companies and hauliers to declare goods ahead of reaching the border, allowing for a smoother flow of traffic at ports such as Dover.

Seeing as France already has a system built and tested, Tim Reardon, head of the EU Exit at the Port of Dover says “…it’s not impossible.” However he also says that HMRC could simply buy a license for the French system to expedite the process.

For full details on this matter; please follow this link.

The UK is facing a HGV Driver Crisis

MP’s have already been warning for some time now that the current shortage of  heavy goods drivers in the UK is a ‘ticking time-bomb’ under the UK’s economic recovery. With some figure placing the shortfall at 60,000 drivers and with projections raising this to 257,000 drivers by 2022 the problem is a large and looming one.

You can read more about this over at this link.

The FTA calls on Government to ‘put aside politics’ in the face of a No-Deal Brexit

The FTA has written an article about many far reaching issues and concerns that face the industry with the rising possibility of a No-Deal Brexit. And in light of the planned scenario’s leaked in this weekend’s report (Sunday Times – Link), we at TMC Assist ask you to take a close read of the article here.