Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) ECMT and (b) short-term ECMT international road haulage permits have been (i) applied for, (ii) approved and (iii) refused each month in the last 12 months.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The monthly breakdown for the requested figures is as follows:

Annual ECMT Permits

Short Term ECMT Permits

Applied

Approved

Refused

Applied

Approved

Refused

Oct-18

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nov-18

3,781

0

0

0

0

0

Dec-18

4,493

0

0

0

0

0

Jan-19

3,118

0

0

0

0

0

Feb-19

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mar-19

582

1,602

10,408

9

0

0

Apr-19

0

467

0

2

11

0

May-19

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jun-19

0

0

0

1

1

0

Jul-19

2

2

0

1

1

0

Aug-19

0

0

0

10

1

0

Sep-19

0

0

224

72

40

Short-term ECMT permits have only been refused where the proposed journey can be conducted without an ECMT permit.

As of 2 October 2019, 112 short-term ECMT permit requests are under consideration. These are usually within 10 working days, it may be longer where the need has to be established.

Annual ECMT permit applications were mostly made in anticipation of the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 when there were no other confirmed market access arrangements in place.

On 25 March 2019 the EU adopted Regulation 2019/501 for basic road transport connectivity if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Under the regulation, UK hauliers will be able to carry out road haulage to EU Member States until 31 December 2019 and make the vast majority journeys without a permit.

The European Commission has also, on 4 September 2019, published a proposal to extend this measure until 31 July 2020.

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