A new system to stop lorries clogging up Kent’s roads is welcome news.
For years our roads have had to bear the brunt of disruption at the Channel ports – in most cases because of bad weather or strikes in France.
This has caused misery to motorists in Kent who’ve had to put up with traffic jams and road closures.
I’m pleased the Government has listened to people’s concerns and will be introducing a new Kent Access Permit, which will be mandatory for HGVs driving through Kent to access the Channel ports.
The new Kent Access Permit will help stop lorries clogging up our roads. This is needed more than ever as the EU transition comes to an end, and we prepare for any outcome in the negotiations.
An easy-to-use ‘Check an HGV’ service will allow hauliers to check if they have the correct customs documentation and obtain a permit.
Crucially, the Kent Access Permit recognises that reducing pressure on Kent’s roads needs a national solution. The new system will help stop lorries coming to Kent in the first place if they haven’t got the right paperwork to cross the Channel.
This is another important step to stop lorries piling up in Kent.