As the outcome of Brexit is yet to be revealed, the Transport and Immigration secretaries have some work on their hands. The main concern Is that their is little money being pumped into Dover to increase the capacity of its haulage vehicle checking sites and the cost of haulage border crossing due to increase, when will the powers that be understand that this cannot be a reactive situation, waiting for the impact of failure and then sorting the problem. An understanding of border controls and what is actually required to succefully keep the border open, freely moving but with the capacity to check and control what is going in and out of the UK.
The impact for trucking is simple at this stage, longer waiting time to board ferry’s, a checkpoint that is not capable at the moment for the amount of haulage to be passed through it and the cost implication to the logistics sector.
The FTA and local businesses have previously warned of Brexit chaos with queues of up to 30 miles stretching back towards London if lorries have to be checked for the standard of goods. This will in-turn have a huge impact on the logistics sector, over time a loss of revenue and the effect on local and commercial businesses. Food for thought for the men in government, who at this time need to stand up and put into place a watertight plan that will mitigate all these circumstances.
The Spring Statement
The Spring statement revealed yesterday in parliament was welcomed by the FTA, however the concern surrounding the white van “green solution” is a contrast to what is the real problem, our roads! The statement read by Phillip Hammond was given timely and in response to ridicule from back benchers, however spending a crucial amount of money on introducing certain aspects of improvements should be directed to UK roads.
The announcement of a consultation on taxation rates for the least polluting vans is a welcomed move to a degree, however we cannot penalise those whose businesses rely on the vehicles they own. Changing vehicles is a long-term business plan NOT a short term issue to fix!
Clear direction and a comprehensive plan should be put forward regarding the Spring statement, this in-turn can empower the logistics sector and encourage those businesses to improve and understand the development process on a whole.