A group of 50 music industry figures and concert hauliers have spoken out against the current state of their industry.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, the group say that new post-Brexit cabotage and cross trade rules are ‘unworkable’.

For example, British-registered trucks are only allowed three European stops before returning to the UK.

As a result of this restriction – and others – the delivery of European concerts could stop, say some industry insiders.

Meanwhile one of the artists who has spoken out is Radiohead’s bassist, Colin Greenwood. 

“The new bureaucracy could threaten the livelihoods of thousands of British citizens who make the UK events industry a success story,” he said. 

“Live music is a vital part of our country’s economy. It’s important that Government offers support by helping haulage operators deal with the new documentation following Brexit.”

In addition, the Association of British Orchestras has also voiced its concerns. 

“The limits on cabotage have the potential to kill orchestral touring,” commented the association’s Mark Pemberton. 

“A typical tour might involve multiple concerts in one country, followed by concerts in another. That means a limit of two laden journeys within the EU makes using a UK-registered vehicle impossible.” 

Pemberton issued a stark warning for the future if the situation doesn’t change. “Without an exemption from these cabotage limits, it is hard to see how the UK’s world-leading orchestras can continue to perform at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals.”

In response to the letter, RHA chief executive spoke out in support for the concert hauliers. “If the UK events haulage industry is to have any chance of survival it needs an EU-wide easement so trucks moving can continue to make multiple stops across Europe.”

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