As an international firm specialising in pan-European freight to Spain, freight to Portugal, freight to Italy and freight to Germany, all eyes were very much looking in the direction of the recent Brexit referendum result. It was interesting to read an article in Transport Operator on how Brexit could affect road transport and it would seem that along with the rest of the country, the transport industry has been polarised with larger transport companies being in favour of remaining in Europe, while owners of small companies preferred to leave.
To quote from the article “But operators expecting rapid and far-reaching relaxation of the laws that govern their transport businesses are likely to be disappointed“
Here at Plexus Freight we have been in business long enough to remember back to 1993 and all the paperwork that was involved in cross-border transportation so if one thing is certain, it is the levels of bureaucracy in our business will certainly increase. There is, of course, the hope that a number of carnets to cross borders will be created to employed much of this, but with so much currently up in the air, nothing can be even remotely guaranteed.“Tachograph regulations, working time and the Driver CPC are, for example, all enshrined in UK law and are unlikely to be up for rapid reform. Similarly, it is most unlikely that truck manufacturers are likely to launch cheap new ‘Euro Zero’ trucks for the British market producing vast quantities of harmful pollution unhindered by EU regulation.”
Turning to the Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), Richard Burnett, he has classed the referendum result as an “earthquake moment” for the country, economy and road transport industry. He then went on to say that “I want to make it clear that your Association will be keeping close to government to ensure the best deal for UK road hauliers. Rest assured, we are already in the process of arranging meetings with relevant departmental ministers so that we can stress the industry’s needs and expectations.”
Where all our drivers at Plexus Freight are concerned, their personal safety is of paramount importance, so we were heartened to see that the road safety charity Brake, felt it was crucial that “life-saving regulations and standards are not just maintained but improved upon” while Britain starts the exit process. “Road safety and the battle for sustainable transport in the UK is currently assisted by European Commission regulations and requirements in a number of areas”., continuing: “Europe-wide links regarding traffic enforcement have never been stronger, helping the fight against unsafe and illegally operated commercial vehicles in particular, but also cross-border enforcement of driver licensing… alcohol and drug driving.”
If you are concerned about how Brexit may affect your European transport arrangements, please feel free to have a chat with anyone of us here at Plexus Freight