Last week’s BVRLA webinar made all drivers aware of how their situation will change in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and outlined the actions employers can take to prepare for this eventuality.
If the outcome is indeed a no-deal, all drivers wanting to drive in the EU and EEA will require a motor insurance green card, obtainable from the post office or their insurance company. This means drivers will have to plan carefully for their travel, as post office opening times and insurance companies being overwhelmed with requests may cause delays in the processing and delivery of their card.
Permits may be required depending on what sort of vehicles commercial drivers are taking into Europe. Vehicles weighing over 3.5-tonnes will require an ECMT permit, while caravans and trailers will also require a new permit. Drivers of such vehicles should also be aware that EU and EEA countries may not recognise the UK-issued Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Drivers taking advantage of leasing (BCH and PCH) deals should also be aware of the regulations, as those who do not own their vehicle will still need a V103 form with them when driving in Europe.
The consequences of accidents may be different too – UK residents involved in a road traffic accident after 29th March may need to make their insurance claim in the country where the incident happened. Furthermore, UK drivers involved in accidents caused by uninsured or untraced drivers may not receive compensation, depending on the country in which the accident took place.
Of course, it will not just be UK drivers who will feel the effects of a no-deal Brexit. Employers need to be aware that, from 29th March, employees from elsewhere in the EU will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain in order to live and work in the UK for more than 3 months. They will also need to have documentation granting them permission to drive in the UK.
GDPR will continue to be a prominent presence post-Brexit. Employers receiving data from EU countries should consider putting standard contractual clauses (SCCs) in place to ensure they do not fall foul of regulations.
A no-deal Brexit will mean the UK will have to adhere to WTO rules. One such rule means that vehicles may be subject to an import tax of up to 10% when they cross the UK-EU border. Parts may also be subject to an import levy of up to 10%.
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