The Department for Transport (DfT) has published plans to be implemented in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
It is almost six months until the the deadline of March 29th, when Britain will officially exit the European Union (EU), and as of yet, trade agreements haven’t been agreed, let alone implemented.
Businesses within the transport sector are understandably worried that Britain could exit the EU without trading deals, causing problems in the logistics sector and further afield.
Industry leaders have already made their feelings clear, and their angst has been heightened by the lack of progress made by the Prime Minister, when she tried to get approval from the EU for her Chequers Brexit deal.
Therefore, six documents have been produced which set out the plans to be implemented in what the government describe as “the unlikely situation” that Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
Although the government is confident that deals will be struck, the DfT has put contingency measures in place so businesses will be able to export after Brexit.
The information outlines the impacts of a no-deal Brexit, and how it will affect transport policies, the haulage industry and those driving and flying into and out of Europe.
The DfT said businesses will need a more proactive approach so that procedures are in place for the end of March 2019 – the details are given in the notices.
In these measures that have been published, the government say hauliers should take steps now to prepare for future permitting and trailer registration requirements, ensuring drivers have the correct documentation.
The aviation sector should also review implications for supply chains and staff with specialist qualifications.
Although these notices have been produced, the government and DfT made it clear that active engagement is ongoing with stakeholders across the transport sector.
Further practical measures for the rest of the transport industry will be set out in due course.