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Abolition of Kent Access Permit testament to the industry’s hard work, says Logistics UK
The Kent Access Permit (KAP) required by HGV drivers to enter Kent, following the end of the Brexit transition period, has been abolished.
In addition, the moveable barrier installed on the M20 to help manage traffic will be stood down and dismantled over the coming days.
The two measures were introduced to avoid potential delays and disruption to cross-Chanel trade following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Mandatory for EU-bound HGVs since 1 January, the KAPs were brought in to ensure commercial drivers arrived at Dover with the right paperwork to ensure a quick border crossing.
However, the Department for Transport said on Tuesday (20 April 2021) that as trade returns to normal levels traffic measures in Kent will no longer be required.
“The government’s decision to abolish the Kent Access Permit is a reflection of the hard work undertaken by logistics businesses across the supply chain, to ensure operations are border ready before hauliers embark on travel to the Channel ports,” said Heidi Skinner, Policy Manager for the South at Logistics UK, “The Check an HGV service has been an effective tool in guiding businesses to the paperwork needed to cross the border.
“This news is positive for the industry and, in conjunction with the deactivation of the M20 Operation Brock contraflow, will support the smooth flow of trade to and from the UK. Logistics UK is now urging government and industry to ensure the entire supply chain is ready for the introduction of further EU-UK border controls from 1 January 2022 to keep trade flowing freely in the months and years to come.”
Published On: 22/04/2021 17:00:03