Roadway Update 6 January 2021

6th January 2021

Drivers must be Covid tested before arriving in Kent

It’s vital that all goods vehicle drivers travelling to France from the UK are tested for Covid-19 before entering Kent.

Lorry and van drivers travelling to France from the UK must produce a negative COVID test taken in the 72 hours before arrival.

There are currently 24 pre-Kent sites where drivers can be tested before, the full list of which can be found here.

Drivers leaving the UK via Kent needing a test should take one at one of these sites if they can.
Those with a valid test will be able to use “fast track” access for Eurotunnel or Dover.

Read more here.


Haulage industry employees remain key workers

The RHA has re-issued an updated letter for employees in the haulage industry who have been identified as key workers amidst the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The letter, which can be found here, is intended to be used by haulage firms undertaking the vital works referenced in the government document.

The RHA has also received a letter from Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity on the rights of lorry drivers to access toilets during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more here.


Update: Moving goods through Welsh Ports

Welsh Government has issued an update on moving goods through Welsh Ports after the end of the Brexit transition period.

If you’re planning a freight journey, please ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork from your client, you’ve completed any declarations required and give your ferry company all the information that they require before you get to the port.

Hauliers will be required to go through customs checks when exporting goods to the EU from the UK, and may also be required to go to an Inland border facility.

Read more here.


2021 Financial levels confirmed for commercial vehicle operators

Revised criteria apply to existing haulage, bus and coach operators and new applicants, meaning that the previously advised 2021 financial standing levels for standard operator license holders and applicants has changed.

The rates which will now come into effect on 1 January 2021 are: 

1st vehicle: £8000 (previously advised as £8200) 
Each additional vehicle: £4500 (previously £4550) 

Read more here.    


Kent Access Permits – Get a permit, not a fine

HGVs over 7.5 tonnes travelling from GB to the EU must get an electronic Kent Access Permit before taking goods to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel.

To apply you must:
•   submit a self-assessment for compliance with EU import requirements
•   verify you have the necessary EU customs and export documentation before the goods travel to port
•   be able to verify that you meet UK customs declaration export requirements before the goods travel to port

Vehicles under 7.5 tonnes as well as all vehicles travelling to ports outside of Great Britain can use this service on an advisory basis.

Read more here.


Testing at ATFs in England during lockdown

DVSA have issued an update on testing at authorised testing facilities (ATFs) in England during the latest lockdown. It reads:

On 4 January, the government announced a new national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus.

You can read more about the new national lockdown on GOV.UK.

Read more here.