As has been widely reported, the Government and the EU have agreed an extension of the UK’s membership until October 31 2019 at the latest which means hauliers can continue to operate across the EU as usual until then.

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is offering some advice to hauliers to help them in this period of uncertainty

While the Government hopes to leave the EU before then, the UK will only leave earlier if a deal is agreed, which would allow continued permit-free access arrangements to continue.

For hauliers this means that either the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 2019 or we leaves with a deal, before October 31, in which case, access to the EU will remain unchanged until 2021.

So until 31 October 2019 at the earliest, hauliers can continue to operate across the EU as they do now, without the need for an ECMT permit.

The EU has also passed a new law ensuring that, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31, more than 90% of journeys to the EU won’t require an ECMT permit for the remainder of 2019.

Regardless of when the UK leaves the EU, hauliers must register any trailers they plan on using for journeys outside the UK and Ireland. This new requirement came into force on March 28 2019.

If operators fail to register their trailer(s), they may be fined or subject to other enforcement action.

Operators, drivers and hauliers can get the latest information on driving in the EU and register for alerts at www.gov.uk/euexitdriving.