news story: govt opens further COVID-19 testing areas for hauliers heading to France

  • 10 new checking out centres for HGV drivers open throughout nation, with more to open over route of week, as military is deployed to offer help
  • further support for haulage firms to set up their own trying out centres at depots, with kits provided freed from cost
  • HGVs the use of Dover and Eurotunnel will get speedy-tracked previous queues if they get demonstrated earlier than arriving in Kent
  • hauliers entreated to be certain all proper documentation, together with Kent entry allows, in order before arriving in Kent to ensure they could pass the channel

The government is taking additional steps to aid hauliers get proven earlier than they shuttle to Kent or any port heading to France, as a way to in the reduction of disruption for drivers as they raise goods throughout the Channel.

The Transport Secretary, supply Shapps, nowadays (2 January 2020) introduced the creation of 10 new trying out places throughout the nation, with a further 10 opening tomorrow (three January 2020), and more being introduced this week.

moreover, to aid hauliers pass the Channel as without delay as possible, the executive is offering to help any enterprise to install a testing centre at its own premises to ensure vehicles heading for France go away ‘COVID competent’.

The department of fitness and Social Care will guide this, together with the provision of trying out kits thoroughly freed from can charge, and any company able to take potential of this present is entreated to so to avoid the risk of delays waiting for exams both in Kent or on the public sites.

Transport Secretary furnish Shapps referred to:

because of the heroic efforts of tons of of armed forces and civilian personnel who’ve labored tough over the past 10 days, we now have made surprising development in clearing the queues of drivers left stranded because of the French govt’s actions.

If we are to hold site visitors flowing in Kent, it is primary drivers are established earlier than they go back and forth right down to the enviornment and that they’ve a Kent access let before heading to the border, and these new testing centres each at service stations and inner corporations, will assist in the reduction of delays.

tests might be attainable at the suggestions suggestions sites the govt has installation for hauliers around the country, at the beginning to provide assistance concerning the necessities for visiting to the continent after leaving the ecu. Now militia personnel may be at 10 of these websites to deliver COVID checking out for haulage drivers, offering a negative outcomes within the required 72-hour window earlier than arriving in Kent, quick-tracking their entry to the ports.

Lateral movement devices are getting used to test hauliers that deliver results within the hour and provide the indispensable negative examine result to enable them to continue on their event into France. The militia are experienced in the use of these devices having used them for mass checking out in Liverpool, Merthyr Tydfil and Medway.

as well as offering testing, body of workers on the sites can additionally give suggestions on new border processes after european transition and check whether drivers have the entire right forms.

large growth has been made in making certain over 25,500 lorries have crossed the Channel in view that the French government introduced unprecedented restrictions due to the new coronavirus variant.

Minister for the armed forces James Heappey stated:

The defense force are once again demonstrating their flexibility, redeploying to new checking out websites to make sure quicker access and minimal disruption on the approaches to Dover and the Eurotunnel.

As we noticed throughout the festive period the armed forces are committed to aid preserving the nation moving, fit and relaxed in 2021.