RHA spells out key “no deal” action plan for government

Peterborough, UK: The Road Haulage Association has set out a series of six urgent measures the government needs to tackle in order to prepare the industry for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett said the measures would ensure high volumes of goods could continue flowing across UK-EU borders if customs controls are introduced on 31 October. The measures follow a meeting between Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay MP and Burnett.

He called on the government to:

• Produce clear guidance on how the whole end-to-end journey will operate;
• Open and authorise new and substantial customs facilities for transit;
• Introduce a consolidated and simplified import safety & security declaration system;
• Launch online customs training for traders;
• Make lorry holding facilities such as Operation Brock fit for purpose;
Abolish the 22% tariff on new trucks.

He said that businesses moving goods across borders still do not know what they are required to do if there’s a ‘no-deal’ Brexit amid predictions that there will be huge backlogs at ports.

A permanent 12-hour delay for the 10,000 trucks that use the Dover Strait each day would cost £2.2bn per year in each direction in lorry operating costs alone.

He pointed out that the 22% tariff on new trucks from the EU would make it beyond the reach of the average operator as they face daily charges of up to £100 to enter clean air zones with non-Euro VI trucks.

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