Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay welcomes assurances over road haulage travel permits

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed reassurances from the Department For Transport that most road haulage contractors will not require permits for journeys to Europe.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP had raised concerns with the DFT after being contacted by local hauliers concerned that permits might be required to travel in the EU, in the wake of Brexit.

However, in a response to Mr Carson they have now confirmed that they expect for most journeys operators will not require ECMT permits to travel.

Mr Carson hopes this will reassure local hauliers who rely on vital trade and exporting with EU countries without the need for travel permits.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I am pleased that the Department for Transport have been able to address concerns raised with me by local haulage operators over permit requirements.

“Being able to travel without permits in European countries is absolutely vital for the future of many local economies who have developed close links with businesses in the European market over the years.

“As we approach ever closer to exiting the European Union, I urgently sought clarification from the Department for Transport that hauliers were not going to require permits.

“I hope that this will have resolved the concerns of local hauliers, but should the situation arise again regarding permits, I would urge any local operators to contact me.”