Large Goods Vehicles: Licensing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Ronnie Cowan Ronnie Cowan Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications his Department has received for European Conference of Ministers of Transport permits since November 2018; and how many such permits have been provided.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

The Department received applications for a total of 11,392 permits from 1,991 operator licence holders. Following the application of allocation criteria previously set out to the House, 984 ECMT annual permits have been allocated to operators and a further 2,832 short term permits will start to be allocated by March 2019. The Government has secured additional ECMT permits for 2019 and is in discussions with road haulage stakeholders on the process for allocating these. While hauliers are keen to have certainty on ECMT permits, the Government does not expect these to be primary means of securing market access to the EU for UK hauliers, given good progress on the EU Commission’s proposal on reciprocal access, unilateral measures and bilateral agreements.

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