France Publishes New International Rules
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Fr HE Ministry of Public Works and Trans
port in Paris has recently published an Order outlining the regulations applicable to British and other foreign hauliers operating in France. All international transport of goods by road destined for, or coming from, a place in French territory, or in transit through France, made by a carrier not based in France. is subject to a licence being previously granted by the Minister of Public Works and Transport.
The licence is issued for each journey and for each vehicle for the outward and return trips in French territory, except for traffic in transit, when only the trip in the one direction is affected. Details of the vehicle, the nature and tonnage of the goods, and the points of loading and unloading are shown on the licence. It is valid for one month from the date of issue.
Where the distance run in French territory both for the outward and return trip lies entirely within the limits of the "short distance" zone of the department of original entry into France, the licence is issued by the " Ingenieur en chef des Ponts et Chaussees " of the department concerned. In all other cases the licence is issued by the " Ingenieur en chef des Ponts et Chaussees " of the Department of the Seine. These regulations are also applicable to transit traffic.
To meet the case of occasional international traffic, temporary licences, valid for one to three months, may be granted. Such licences permit a fixed number of journeys for the transport of goods over a fixed itinerary. They are issued by the " lhgenieur en chef des Ponts et Chaussees " of the Department of the Seine. Temporary licences are contained in books or pads of detachable forms known as "carnets de feuilles de route ", each form authorizing one journey. Each " &Mlle de route " must be made out by the licensee before use.
Both types of licences must be kept on the vehicle throughout the journey in French territory. They must be stamped on entry into France and detached and withdrawn at the exit point by the Customs authorities.
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