CORE HAULAGE NEWS
It has been announced that new measures will come into force on the 1st January 2021 to manage traffic flow and congestion On Kent’s road network, known as “Operation Brock”.
These measures will apply to HGVs over 7.5 tonnes in the event of severe disruption across the English Channel. HGVS will have to follow signed routes when on journeys to the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel, and maybe required to wait in designated holding areas.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging drivers and their employers to plan their journeys to ensure they have taken breaks and rest periods before entering Kent, reducing the risk of them exceeding their drivers’ hours limits if delayed.
Drivers are advised to pack food and water and make themselves aware of locations where they can take a break on route.
DVSA also advises drivers to use the Check and HGV services to get a Kent Access Permit if they intend to cross the border, even if their vehicles are empty, and to check that they have the right EU import and commodities documents for the goods they are carrying.
Drivers can be fined £300 if they do not use the service or if they provide a fraudulent declaration. Drivers making domestic journeys, or travelling within Kent, will not require a Kent Access Permit.
The Port of Holyhead on the west coast of Anglesey in North Wales, is the key entry and exit point for goods being transported between the UK and Ireland. The Welsh Government updated its contingency plans to ensure that any disruption at the Port of Holyhead is kept to the minimum, once the Brexit transition period ends on 1 January 2021.
Freight operators bound for Ireland will be required by ferry operators to link customs information to their booking. Failure to do so will mean they will not be allowed to enter the port.
To ensure disruption is minimised, the Welsh Government is implementing a four-point plan, which includes a temporary contraflow, a stacking site, a contingency site plus new signage.
Updated contingency plans aimed at keeping any disruption at the Port of Holyhead to the absolute minimum when the EU Transition period ends on 31 December have been announced by the Welsh Government.
For further information please call Core Haulage on 01529 675021