‘It will affect your industry’ Stephen Hammond warns

 

 

Although his year-long presidency of the Confederation of Passenger Transport will see the UK reshape its future relationship with the European Union, Martin Dean had very little to say about Brexit in this address to the trade body’s annual dinner last month. However, Brexit will be one of the central themes at the ALBUM Conference in May.

Dean acknowledged concerns raised by coach operators about hard borders and the additional burdens this could impose on them – but that was about it.

It will affect your industry’s suppliers. It will affect the people you currently employ, you may want to employ.

In contrast, guest speaker Stephen Hammond, one of 15 MPs branded “mutineers” for rebelling against the government to give parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal, spoke of the wide ranging implications. “It will affect everybody in this room, how we leave,” he said. “It will affect your industry. It will affect your industry’s suppliers. It will affect the people you currently employ, you may want to employ. It will affect manufacturing services. It will affect everyone, and therefore we must succeed.”

Hammond’s view is shared by Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, who is hosting this year’s annual ALBUM gathering of the UK’s independent and council-owned bus operators. Colin Robertson, chief executive of bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, is among the speakers who will consider the potential implications of Brexit at the ALBUM Conference, which will take place in Glasgow on May 14-16.

Roberts sees potential drawbacks, including new tariffs on imported vehicle parts like Cummins engines, and difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff (12% of drivers at McGill’s are from mainland Europe).

 

This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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