Essex asked for clarification over Kent lorry plan

There are calls for an explanation about how a potential government permit scheme to allow hauliers to enter Kent after the Brexit transition ends might affect key routes such as the Dartford Crossing.

EssexLive website reports that Labour councillor Ivan Henderson has voiced concerns about the Kent Access Permits, which may be introduced to avoid queues of lorries aiming to cross the English Channel.

The Kent Access Permit, hauliers will be told to upload their paperwork and will then be given a green, amber or red pass to show whether they can progress onto the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

However, EssexLive reports councillors have raised questions about the scheme’s impact on potential travel disruption and curtailed movement of goods in Essex.

Cllr Henderson is quoted by the website asking, “Are police going to be used to turn lorries around? Do we have the resources for this? What size freight do you have these permits for? What about a local business that is waiting for parts and they are being held up because they haven’t got permits to go to Kent? No one seems to know the answers to these questions.”

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