Fines for lorry drivers who clog up Kent’s roads is welcome news

Lorry drivers who clog up Kent’s roads on their way to cross the Channel face a £300 fine under proposals announced by the Government.

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on new measures to make sure lorries don’t bypass traffic management queues if Operation Brock is put in place.

These new powers would stop lorries trying to access Kent’s ports on local roads to avoid the queues on approved Operation Brock routes. This is another step to making sure that Kent is prepared for leaving the EU on the 31st October with or without a deal.

Ideally, we won’t get delays at the ports and we won’t get Operation Brock, but if it is needed, it needs to work properly. This must include giving traffic officers the powers they need to stop lorries bypassing the queues and clogging up local roads.

I have called on the new Prime Minister and Transport Secretary to make sure that freight keeps flowing through Kent’s ports and roads under any Brexit outcome and I am pleased to see action is being taken.