Monday January 18, 2021
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Drivers to be fined if they do not use Kent Access Permit check


From 1 January 2021, drivers travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will be required to use the 'Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border' service and get a Kent Access Permit (KAP). A KAP will be required regardless of agreement of the outcome of the negotiations.

Hauliers and commercial drivers can now log on to the 'Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border' service to register their details and prepare for any upcoming journeys you have in the New Year. The new service is designed to check that hauliers and commercial drivers have the right customs documentation for the goods they're carrying before setting off.

Unfortunately, it is the responsibility of the driver to do the check, although this can be done on their behalf by their manager. 

Drivers can be fined £300 if you do not use the service when travelling through Kent or if you provide a fraudulent declaration.

On the release of the information by the Depertment of Transport, URTU General Secretary, Bob Monks, said;

"It is dreadful, but not unsurprisingly, that, once again, responsibility has been placed on the drivers shoulders."

Hauliers and Drivers can sign up to the service at Check an HGV is ready to cross the border (Kent Access Permit) - GOV.UK (



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