Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fifth Report


APPENDIX 1

Memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

GOODS VEHICLES (AUTHORISATION OF INTERNATIONAL JOURNEYS) (FEES)

REGULATIONS 2000 (S.I. 2000/3207)

1. The Committee has requested a memorandum on the following two points:

    Explain:

      (1)  the reason for the increase in fees charged under the Regulations;

      (2)  whether a similar level of charges applies in other states which are affected by the relevant ECMT Resolutions and Council Regulation.

Point (1): The reason for the increase in the fees charged under the Regulations.

2. Under agreements in the European Conference of Ministers of Transport and various bilateral agreements (listed in the Schedule to the Regulations) DETR's International Road Freight Office issues permits to UK road hauliers for journeys to certain non-EU countries and for transit journeys through Austria. According to Treasury guidelines, the fees for such permits should cover the cost of issuing them. These fees had not been increased since February 1996, when the previous Regulations (S.I. 1996/131) came into force, and the income from them was less than one-third of the issuing costs. The increase under these Regulations is part of a proposed three-stage increase, phased over three years, which would ensure the costs are met in full. The road haulage industry was consulted before the present increase and had no objection.

3. A Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Regulations was placed in the Library of both Houses on 22 January 2001. The Department regrets the delay in doing so and that the Regulatory Impact Assessment is not mentioned in the Explanatory Note to the Regulations. A correction slip will be issued free of charge to all known recipients of the Regulations.

Point (2): Whether a similar level of charges applies in other states which are affected by the relevant ECMT Resolutions and Council Regulation.

4. The Department does not have full details of the charges applied in all other (38) states which are affected by relevant ECMT Resolutions and Council Regulation. However, the Department is aware that the states listed below make charges for multilateral (annual) and bilateral (single journey) permits, the approximate sterling equivalents of which are set out in the following table:

  
ECMT multilateral permit (annual cost)
Bilateral permit (single journey)
Belgium
No charge
No charge
Bulgaria
500
10
Czech Republic
18
0.90
Finland
No charge
No charge
France
No charge
No charge
Georgia
140
1.07
Germany
83
6.66 to 8.33
Lithuania
255
4
Netherlands
326
1.36
Norway
No charge
No charge
Portugal
90
30
Russian Federation
180
4
Slovakia
233
3
Slovenia
140
1.40
Switzerland
360
6
United Kingdom (from 1 January 2001)
74
4

22 January 2001


 
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