• The quota of road haulage permits for UK hauliers
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trading with Portugal is to be increased from 5,000 to 8,000 following a 50% growth in trade in the past year.
Permits will remain valid for a year — up from two months. "The change in the validity period will minimise red tape," says Transport Minister Peter Bottomley.
The Department of Transport says it would like to abolish permits altogether, but that some countries in the European Community are reluctant to move as rapidly as the UK towards full liberalisation.