Last reviewed 17 November 2020
As the transition period draws to a close, the Department for Transport (DfT) has opened advice sites which hauliers and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) can visit for in-person advice.
Based at motorway service stations and truck stops across Great Britain, the advice sites will provide information on new rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and EU from 1 January 2021 and on how to prepare for the changes that will be inevitable at the end of the transition period, whether or not the UK agrees a trade deal with the EU.
Information will also be made available on how to use the “Check an HGV is ready to cross the border” service in order to prove that an HGV has the right EU import and commodities documents for the goods it is carrying before it crosses the Great Britain/EU border.
Operators have been warned that they must use this service for HGVs travelling via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in order to get a Kent Access Permit (KAP) before they enter that county.
More than 40 sites are listed at www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations including Ashford International Truck Stop, Charnock Richard Services Northbound, Hartshead Moor (Huddersfield), Leicester Forest East (northbound and south), Tamworth Services and Woodall Northbound.
For more information about what will happen at the end of the transition period, see Driving in the EU from 1 January 2021: Lorry and Goods Vehicles Drivers which can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu-from-1-january-2021-lorry-and-goods-vehicles-drivers.