The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill – which gives ministers new powers to regulate lorry traffic crossing Britain’s borders is to be debated in the House of Commons this afternoon.
The legislation is needed because Brexit threatens to leave all British lorry drivers unable to take their vehicles on to the continent and similarly could mean lorries from Europe were unable to travel in Britain.
The Government’s pursuit of a hard Brexit outside the Single Market and European Economic Area has left over 318,000 HGV drivers in limbo, uncertain of their right to transport goods across Europe after Brexit.
But we are still no further forward in securing a comprehensive Land Transport Agreement with the EU to avoid the risk of legal disruption, and no substantive progress has been made nearly two years since the referendum.
Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign said:
“For Ministers to simply keep their fingers crossed and hope that a deal will eventually emerge isn’t good enough for the British road transport sector, which is the lifeline delivering 85% of what we eat, drink, wear and build. This sticking plaster legislation designed for a disastrous ‘no deal’ scenario is no substitute for concrete agreements needed now to guarantee hauliers, exporters and consumers the certainty they need.
“We know that the UK’s membership of the EEA and EFTA could solve these problems – yet Transport secretary Chris Grayling’s hard Brexit ideology is standing in the way of an early resolution.
“This is yet another example of a Government jeopardising British industry’s ability to keep the supply chain moving after Brexit.”
Notes to editors
The Government’s explanatory note on the legislation can be read here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2017-2019/0199/en/18199en06.htm