HGV’s will now need a special permit to access the county of Essex at the end of the year.

Michael Gove has announced new plans to keep congestion in Kent to a minimum at the end of 2020 when the EU transition takes place. The new plans will require all lorry drivers exporting goods to Europe through Kent to have a special permit, this is to keep Kent’s traffic moving with minimal disruption.

Michael Gove has said the permits will help to avoid queues of up to 7,000 trucks looking to cross over from the English Borders to Europe and will be required.

“That system has been developed, it’s being shared with Businesses and we want to make sure that people use a relatively simple process in order to get what will become known as a “Kent Access Permit”, which means that they can then proceed smoothly through Kent”, Michael Gove told the Commons.

Haulers will need to comply with this to enable the smooth running of traffic through Kent. Drivers who do not comply and do not hold a KAP face fines of £300.00 by the Police or Vehicle Standards Agency.