Last reviewed 26 February 2021

The Association of British Orchestras and Radiohead would seem to have little in common with the haulage industry but all have come together in a plea to the Prime Minister.

They have tried to highlight that “unworkable” new cabotage and cross trade rules, which only allow British-registered trucks three stops in Europe before having to return to the UK, will stop the delivery of European concert tours and other musical performances.

Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Richard Burnett said: “If the UK events haulage industry is to have any chance of survival it needs an EU-wide easement so that trucks moving touring equipment can continue to make multiple stops across Europe.”

Available — here, the letter to Boris Johnson highlights that the events industry, which contributes £70 billion to the UK economy, relies heavily on long-established specialist hauliers.

The signatories are calling for an EU-wide easement so that UK registered concert haulage trucks may continue to make multiple stops across Europe.

Their views have been echoed by David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, in an appeal to Lord David Frost, the new Minister of State for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

“The UK has a global reputation for the delivery of tours for the performing arts, conferences and exhibitions, as well as for TV and film production,” he told Lord Frost.

In addition to the specialised transport companies operating to support these tours, which represent a combined fleet of 700 to 800 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), there are approximately 1000 full time jobs in the supply industries that rely on a vibrant British cultural sector continuing to operate as it does at present.