Logistics UK has said it is “extremely concerned” about the government’s latest decision to implement fines against HGV drivers entering Kent without a negative Covid-19 test.
According to the trade body the ruling which was announced on 22 January will “place unfair costs on the individuals working hard to keep the economy stocked with the goods and services it needs”.
It follows a recent decision by the UK government to provide Covid-19 testing locations across the country, in a bid to help “hauliers get tested” before they travel to Kent or any port heading to France.
Elizabeth de Jong, policy director at Logistics UK said: “To help prevent testing delays and costs, Logistics UK is calling on the government to prioritise the roll out of Covid-19 vaccines to HCV drivers and other operational logistics workers to minimise the administrative burden on operators and reduce resulting delays to freight movements.
“It is also imperative that international hauliers based in Kent still have access to testing within the county, to prevent unnecessary detours away from the border, and that there is also capacity to test those arriving in Kent without a valid negative test.”