Logistics UK hits out at government over HGV driver COVID fines

The UK government has put through a Statutory Instrument that allows HGV drivers entering Kent in transit to Europe without having a COVID test to be fined. Industry body Logistics UK has hit back at the move.

Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at Logistics UK said:

“Logistics UK remains extremely concerned that today’s decision to provide Ministers with the means to introduce fines against HGV drivers entering Kent without a negative COVID test will place unfair costs on the individuals working hard to keep the economy stocked with the goods and services it needs. While we agree that tests should take place outside of Kent to reduce traffic congestion, we need absolute assurance from government that this will only be implemented when inland testing sites around the country have proven capacity to meet the demand for tests. Capacity must be increased before any change in legislation can be implemented.

“To help prevent testing delays and costs, Logistics UK is calling on government to prioritise the roll out of COVID19 vaccines to HCV drivers and other operational logistics workers to minimise the administrative burden on operators and reduce resulting delays to freight movements. It is also imperative that international hauliers based in Kent still have access to testing within the county, to prevent unnecessary detours away from the border, and that there is also capacity to test those arriving in Kent without a valid negative test.”