HTA Secretary and MD of Dynes Solicitors Ltd, John Dyne provides an update on the situation concerning roaming permits for UK abnormal load operators operating in France:-
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The situation as we now understand it is this. Since 1st January 2021 abnormal load operators in France have been unable to take advantage of the roaming permit system. This is a system that they had hitherto been using and had paid for; many of them having permits for up to 3 years and now suddenly finding that those permits are no longer valid. We say this is discriminatory.
We understand that the DfT has asked to reconsider that position. We understand that there is some room for optimism according to the DfT we should know later on this week. The HTA has announced that it will be asking all its members to lobby their local MPs to bring pressure to bear on the UK Government. It is imperative that this situation sorted out as soon as possible. It has also emerged that Article 3 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom makes it quite clear that for abnormal load operations; permits that need to be issued should be issued without discrimination. Clearly what's been going on is discrimination and it has repercussions for UK abnormal load operators. Given the contents of Article 3 which seem clear on their face value. There is some hope for optimism this matter will be resolved. Obviously as soon as we hear more we will let you know.