Roadway Update 27 January 2021

27th January 2021

Travel to France: Office of Transit in Departure Declarations

If hauliers decide to switch arrival port between Calais and Dunkerque the lorry will be held for checks in the orange lane.

HMRC have advised that a temporary way to avoid this problem has been agreed with French authorities.

For vehicles using transit departing from Dover, HMRC are recommending the declaration of both Calais Port et Tunnel (FR620001) and Dunkerque Ferry (FR590002) as Offices of Transit so that the vehicle can enter France at either port without being directed automatically into the orange lane.

Further information is available here.


46 information & advice sites available for commercial vehicle drivers

It remains absolutely vital that all commercial vehicle drivers travelling to the EU are ready for the new paperwork and customs checks at the border before they arrive in Kent.

There are currently 46 information & advice sites across the UK which can support you with paperwork and offer Covid-19 tests, which are essential for entering France, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


New guidance for moving goods from GB to RoI

The Government has issued new guidance and information for hauliers moving goods from Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland, which you can find below.

They’ve noted that some Welsh hauliers who facilitate trade with the Republic of Ireland may benefit from assistance with completing the Irish Revenue’s online Pre-Boarding Notifications (PBN) system.

To address this, the Irish Revenue have published a number of guidance notes, including a user-guide for PBN notifications, here.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

’40 to 50% of trucks going back to Europe are carrying nothing but fresh air’

We have warned that British companies have been left unwilling or unable to export to the EU, as half of all trucks returning to Europe via the Short Straits are doing so empty.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett told the Telegraph: “Between 40 to 50 percent of trucks going back to Europe through the Dover short straits crossing are carrying nothing but fresh air – normally that level would be 15 to 18 percent.”

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

Have you had to make drivers redundant?
Resources from the RHA Benevolent Fund can help them

If you’ve had to make drivers redundant recently, we’d like to offer them a little bit of help to get them back on their feet.

We’re offering a free day’s driver CPC, or an HGV driver medical if they need one to renew their licence whilst they’re getting back into work.

If you’re a current RHA member and think this would benefit drivers you’ve recently made redundant please let them know about this offer.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


France: PCR testing for drivers – the facts

The RHA has been advised by the Department for Transport that the French authorities have confirmed current arrangements for commercial vehicle driver testing will not be changing at this time.

Reports of HGV drivers requiring PCR tests are inaccurate. Lateral flow testing for lorry and van drivers entering France will continue to be accepted.

The full requirement for entering France with a lorry or van is that the HGV or van driver must have a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.