A no-deal Brexit scenario would bury fleet companies in “red tape and paperwork,” according to the Freight Transport Association’s Head of European Policy Pauline Bastidon.
Reports in FleetNews on Monday (Oct. 22) said Bastidon is voicing concerns about the regulatory impact on fleet and freight companies in the case of a “no-deal” Brexit. Fleet drivers, for example, may need to secure international driving permits and special insurance documentation to drive or rent a vehicle in Europe.
Currently, U.K. driving licenses are valid in Europe. A no-deal Brexit scenario may end that policy, however. Insurance “green cards” may also be needed to prove that drivers have adequate insurance depending on where they’re driving.
“While it is encouraging to finally see some of the government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit, which provide helpful clarifications in some areas, there are still key processes to be agreed if the U.K. logistics sector and ‘just-in-time’ economy is to be protected,” Bastidon told the publication.
She added that international driving permits would not be available for purchase at every post office. Instead, the Department for Transport is recommending 2,500 locations to offer the IDPs. Further, those permits would not be up for sale until February of 2019, leaving less than two months for fleet drivers to obtain one. Drivers do not have an option to procure a permit online, reports noted, and two different available IDPs may make the process complex and confusing.
The same issue will not arise for EU fleet drivers, however. According to reports, ministers have confirmed that IDPs will not be required for EU drivers who wish to drive in the U.K. after Brexit.
One post office spokesperson told the publication that they are collaborating with policymakers to meet the demand for these permits if necessary.
“Part of this work is looking at how we could provide the service through thousands of additional locations in our branch network, to enhance accessibility for our customers if needed,” the spokesperson said.