The government must do more to help businesses prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, says the Road Haulage Association.

The Association’s call comes as the CBI published its analysis of ‘no deal’ preparedness which reports that measures to get ready in time are out of reach for many small companies.

The CBI urges the government to help firms upskill their staff in new customs processes – reflecting a call RHA recently made to the government, recommending they offer free online training for traders and transport companies.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett says that 250,000 firms will be undertaking new processes for the first time and echoes the CBI’s call for a pragmatic approach to compliance and liability in the first days following exit as firms adjust to new requirements.

“The government has under-prepared businesses for what they’ll be expected to do, which will likely result in the supply chain breaking down amid chaos at ports.

“We need transitional measures, accurate guidance and training to help firms get to grips with the huge bureaucracies they’ll be encountering for the first time.”

He also called on the government to ensure Operation Brock contingencies have sufficient driver welfare facilities and urged them to abolish the planned 22 percent tariff on new trucks.