Deadline imminent for ECMT permit application

The Department for Transport has confirmed an extension to the application process for a European Conference of Ministers of Transport permit.

The Department for Transport (“DfT”) has confirmed an extension to the application process for a European Conference of Ministers of Transport permit (“ECMT”) to 11.59 p.m. on 18 January 2019.

We recently considered the various ways in which road hauliers would be able to access European Union (“EU”) countries beyond 29 March 2019, assuming that there was ‘no deal’ with the EU (click here).

In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, UK hauliers who hold either a Standard International Operators Licence or a Restricted Goods Operator Licence will need to have applied and been granted an ECMT permit to allow their transit of goods within the EU countries.

The extension of the application process comes at a time when the European Commission has announced its intention to recognised the validity of UK community licences for bilateral journeys (those starting and ending in the UK) for UK hauliers in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. However, this has not as yet been validated by the European Council and European Parliament.

Hauliers who have not yet applied for the ECMT permit would be well advised to do so immediately, and in any event, before 11.59 p.m. on 18 January 2019. Hauliers should also be alert to the fact that they are no longer able to apply for a short term 30 day permit although an unsuccessful application for an ECMT will default to an automatic right for consideration of a short term permit.

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