From the end of the EU Transition period there will be new traffic flow measures to manage congestion on Kent’s road network.
These measures are known as Operation Brock and will apply to HGVs over 7.5 tonnes if there’s severe disruption to services across the English Channel.
It is a legal requirement for HGVs to follow the signed routes when directed to do so on journeys to Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.
You may be required to wait in a designated holding area, and signs, diversions and speed restrictions will be in place to help you get there.
Plan your journey to take breaks and rest periods before entering Kent to reduce the risk of you exceeding drivers’ hours limits if delayed by being held in any queues.
Make sure you have plenty food and water, too. If delays risk you exceeding your driving limits, you should be aware of locations where you can take a break en route.
Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border
You will need to use the Check an HGV service to:
- get a Kent Access Permit – even if your vehicle is empty and you intend to cross the border
- check you have the right EU import and commodities documents for the goods you are carrying.
You can be fined £300 if you do not use the service or if you provide a fraudulent declaration.
Hauliers making domestic journeys or travelling within Kent will not require a Kent Access Permit.