The following has been taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport:

You and your drivers can now visit Information and Advice Sites across the UK for advice on how to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Find your nearest advice site

New rules will affect you when travelling to the EU from 1 January 2020.

Sites will be available across the UK to get advice on what is needed to do to prepare for the changes. Support includes multi-lingual in-person advice on new border changes as well as training on the ‘Check an HGV’ service.

5 pilot Information and Advice Sites were opened on the 2 November with a further 40 locations opening on 16 November at motorway service stations and truck stops.

The guidance webpage has the full list of sites and the support available in multiple languages, including Polish and Romanian. All sites follow the latest Covid-19 guidelines.

You are reminded to follow social distancing rules, wear a face covering indoors and wash hands.

Check an HGV is ready to cross the Border

The service is an online portal designed to help HGV drivers understand if they are border ready at the point of loading goods.

The Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service will be mandatory for hauliers crossing the Short Straits via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel. Failure to have used the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border, and be granted a Kent Access Permit, or travelling in contravention of advice from the service not to go to the port could see HGV drivers fined and turned away from the port, helping reduce congestion.

More information on the actions hauliers need to take ahead of the end of the Transition period.

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