Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Questions (325)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

325. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the reason haulage companies have to send transport managers and employees to do a course (details supplied). [40279/20]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Since the letter referred to in your question was issued, I am pleased to note that following engagement with the European Commission on the matter, the Commission has now indicated that a corresponding Irish Transport Management Certificate of Professional Competency (CPC) may be issued to those UK-qualified individuals working for Irish operators, before the end of the Brexit transition period. This welcome development means that these Transport Managers, including the correspondent who wrote to you, will not now be required to undertake an Irish examination in order to continue to work as Transport Manager for an Irish or other EU operator.

A further communication has now issued from the Department of Transport to affected Transport Managers to inform them of this recent update from the European Commission and to outline what needs to be done in order to obtain an Irish Transport Manager CPC. The process for obtaining the Irish Transport Management CPC will be overseen by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and holders of UK issued CPCs who wish to obtain an Irish Certificate have been advised to email CILT immediately to begin the process. No fee will apply in this case for obtaining an Irish Transport Management CPC on the basis of a UK-issued Transport Management CPC

It is important to note that applications must be submitted to CILT by 31 December 2020, as after that date it will not be possible to obtain an Irish Transport Management CPC on the basis of holding the UK equivalent certificate. The Department of Transport has emphasised this to affected Transport Managers and has urged them to contact CILT as soon as possible.