Last reviewed 16 December 2020

We reported in October that the Government was planning to help hauliers to deal with border controls after the end of the transition period (see Introducing “Check an HGV”).

It has several times indicated since that date that the service would be available in December 2020 and now the Department for Transport (DfT) has reported that it has gone live.

“Hauliers and commercial drivers are now able to log on to the “Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border” service to register your details and prepare for any upcoming journeys you have in the New Year,” the DfT said.

The new service is designed to make it quick and easy to check that drivers have the right customs documentation for the goods they are carrying before setting off – preventing any unnecessary journeys and reducing disruption at the border.

“It is the responsibility of the driver to do the check,” the DfT said, “but this can be done on their behalf by their manager.”

It has repeated the warning that, from 1 January 2021, drivers travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will be required to use the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service and get a Kent Access Permit (KAP).

A KAP will be required regardless of agreement of the outcome of the negotiations and operators can be fined £300 if they do not use the service when travelling through Kent or if they provide a fraudulent declaration.

Full details of the service, including how to apply for a KAP, can be found at www.gov.uk/check-hgv-border.

Operators will also want to note that the DfT has updated its publication “Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers”.

Available at www.gov.uk/guidance/transporting-goods-between-great-britain-and-the-eu-from-1-january-2021-guidance-for-hauliers#history, this now includes added information about inland border facilities and Kent traffic management as well as more details about KAP and the Check and HGV service.

Finally, those operators with EU drivers may want access to guides to the new requirements in languages other than English. Details of the “Check an HGV” service and KAP can be found in български, Nederlandse, Français, Deutsch, Polski, Română, Español and Cymraeg at www.gov.uk/guidance/check-an-hgv-is-ready-to-cross-the-border-translations.