The Polish Government has announced details of a new Road Act which contains a change in the application procedure for abnormal transport permits. The legislation is expected to receive Presidential approval later this month.
From January 1, 2022, applicants will need to attach to the permit application a bank transfer confirmation showing that they have paid an administration fee (approximately 350 euros). If the permit application is refused, the fee will be refunded, ESTA understands.
Road authorities in Poland have been complaining that companies are applying for permits in case they win a job and then abandoning the application if their bid for work is unsuccessful.
As a result, the authorities believe that only 50 percent of permit applications actually result in a permit being used – a state of affairs that causes unnecessary work and also delays for those companies that definitely do need a permit.
ESTA will publish more information when it is available.