The new government bill making provisions for a no-deal trade arrangement when the UK leaves the EU next year is merely a contingency plan, with plans for a trade agreement still firmly on the table, transport secretary Chris Grayling has assured the industry. The government released its Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill yesterday (7 February), which gives it the power to put a permit place in scheme, which could be necessary to facilitate cross-border trade after Brexit. But while […]
France’s plan to swap the failed Ecotaxe road user charging system with a new Heavy Vehicle Transit Tax early next year have been scrapped indefinitely.
With exactly 12 months to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, there are still huge uncertainties surrounding the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU. The FTA is advising members that anything better than a ‘no-deal’ Brexit – that will see the UK trading with the EU27 members under World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs from March 29 2019 – will be ‘a bonus’.
The FTA has criticised the speed of the roll-out of fully segregated cycle superhighways in London, suggesting the scheme is being rushed through to coincide with the mayoral elections in May 2016.