Cabotage: relaxation for non-UK operators goes ahead

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In our last Insights article about cabotage (available here) we promised to update you about the plans to allow the current cabotage rules to be relaxed.

Government extends road haulage cabotage

From 28 October 2021 until 30 April 2022, the Government will indeed temporarily extend road haulage cabotage to allow unlimited cabotage movements of HGVs within Great Britain for up to 14 days after a laden international journey, it has announced.

The stated aim of this is said to be ‘to help alleviate pressures in the supply chain associated with the current shortage of HGV drivers.’

The practical effect of this is that non-UK operators will be able to enter Great Britain with an international load and then carry out an unlimited number of cabotage movements (UK domestic work) for a maximum period of 14 days.

No information has been provided as to how this will be enforced, though it is presumed this will centre on checks on dock/Eurotunnel entry times and how long a lorry has been operating since the amount of work within 14 days will be limitless.

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Ashtons Legal provides dedicated, niche advice in the area of road transport law, including operator licensing as well as representation in Court and at Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiry hearings.

For more information about this or any other aspects of road transport law please get in touch with us through our online enquiry form or by calling 0330 404 0768. We would be delighted to help you and your business.


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