Kent Access Permit no longer required, says DfT

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Kent Access Permit (KAP) requirements for truck drivers travelling to the EU from Dover have been stopped.

In addition, the Department for Transport said the ‘check if an HGV is ready to cross the border service’ has closed.

The permits were introduced in January to manage traffic flows through Dover, following the UK’s departure from the EU.

However, DfT stressed the need to check you have the correct paperwork before crossing the border. 

Drivers will also need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before leaving the UK.

Therefore, the details about advice sites might still be relevant, with information found here

On the 24th April, work will begin on removing the moveable barrier currently on the M20. 

As a result, the motorway will be returned to normal following Operation Brock contraflow.

The DfT has warned that traffic management measures will be reinstated in the event of serious disruption to cross channel traffic.

Meanwhile, industry has welcomed the decision to remove the Kent Access Permit.

Heidi Skinner, policy manager for the south at Logistics UK was relieved.

“The decision is a reflection of the hard work undertaken by logistics businesses across the supply chain,” she said. 

“They have ensured operations are border ready before hauliers embark on travel to the Channel ports.” 

Skinner described the news as “positive for the industry” and a move that would “support the smooth flow of trade”. 

Furthermore, Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Faulconbridge, who chairs the Kent Resilience Forum, also welcomed the news: 

“Freight volumes are back to normal, customs rules better understood and Covid-19 testing sites well-established,” he said. 

“The time is right for the Operation Brock contraflow to be removed.”

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