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It’s not all bad
By hook or by crook, as it stands, the UK is set to leave the EU on the 31st October.
Hard Brexit or soft Brexit?
As of September 2019, this is still unclear. The beating heart of DrivenMedia are our hauliers, so we want to know, what does Brexit mean for them?
Regardless of the type of Brexit deal the UK gets will certainly cause issues when travelling between the UK and the EU. So, for hauliers, this is cause for concern.
Licence and Permits
The bell does not sound the end on the 31st though, far from it.
The EU has agreed a grace-period for hauliers to continue to use their licences to travel between the UK and the EU until the 31st December 2019. There is a potential that this will get extended until the 31st July 2020, so not all doom and gloom in that sense.
Hauliers who currently hold their Community Licence can continue to do so until this time. After the 31st October, hauliers who wish to apply for this licence will now be applying for a “UK Licence for the Community” which will have the same perquisites as the previous licence.
However, if hauliers are travelling from the EU to a country that is part of the EEA or a non-EU member, they will need to apply for an ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport). These countries are Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey.
All other criteria for travel apply, such as a GB sticker, registration plates, log book and green card.
With Brexit will inevitably come stricter border controls. In turn, the ability for EU nationals to come to the UK seeking work may be impacted too.
In terms of hauliers, the UK haulage industry is already experiencing a shortfall with around 60,000 HGV jobs needing to be filled.
The actual process of entering and exiting the UK will be a barrier for those seeking haulier opportunities so we need to be able to nurture those that choose to enter a career in logistics and haulage.
As the name suggests, the business needs to have a fixed place in which to trade. For hauliers that wish to trade in the EU, they will need to provide their drivers with the correct documentation and have a permanent establishment in an EU member state in which to keep delivering goods.
What won’t be changing, or very little in any case, is the laws around truck drivers and their hours.
Hauliers will still operate under the current UK law so that’s good news. For driving in the EU, again, not a lot will be changing here. Of course, drivers will still have to drive under the terms of the laws of the EU meaning that they still need to be made aware of what those laws are so as to not implicate any accidental criminal activity.
Hauliers operate using the guidelines stipulated in the Goods Vehicles (Licencing of Operators) Act 1995.
As this is a law that has been passed by the Government, this does not change, therefore it is not affected by whichever Brexit deal passes.
There a plenty of different facets of Brexit that will change a lot of things for a lot of people. Without stating every single angle, Brexit means a mixed bag for hauliers.
For the most part, hauliers are getting longer to use their licences so there is no immediate call to action to be implemented. Unfortunately, the political climate as it is, there is no foregone conclusion with the above, so, for us here at DrivenMedia, this is an issue we will keep a close eye on.
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