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• A consultation document, detailing the Department of Transport's proposals for the removal of the need for some international operators' licences, is expected shortly.
DTp head of road freight Martin Albu, confirmed to CM that it is looking at how operators running only to and from UK ports can be freed from the need to hold an international 0-licence.
This follows EEC Transport Commissioner Stanley Clinton Davis's statement last year that EEC rules should not require international licences.
_Albu also confirmed that the DTp will eventually — "when we get around to it," he told CM — make another attempt to change the rules which govern the transport of waste. waste.
Following a Transport Tribunal ruling, waste carriers need only hold a restricted 0-licence and be classed as own account operators, but the Road Haulage Association wants them to hold standard licences to prevent unfair competition against tipper operators. The Freight Transport Association's implacable opposition to such a change prevented the DTp from altering the rules this year.
In both cases, it will take some time for the law to be changed, as the DTp does not have any Parliamentary time reserved for legislative changes this session.