Motorway checkpoints will be put in place to ensure that lorries have not by-passed traffic management queues as part of Operation Brock. The checkpoints will be put in place between Junction 8 and 9 of the M20, according to a report that updates the county council’s Brexit contingency plans. It is unclear where the checks will be carried out but hauliers heading to the Channel ports will need to show that they have joined via the M26 and not other roads. Hauliers face £300 fines if they do not follow so-called ‘approved Operation Brock routes’ under proposals aimed at ensuring that they do not clog up local roads. The report says that Kent has “well-developed plans to ensure we minimise disruption to Kent’s residents and businesses” in the face of having to deal with as many as 12,000 lorries on the county’s roads. But it also identifies a number of “mission critical” measures that remain outstanding and the government needs to finalise to ensure the authorities are prepared to deal with a no-deal scenario. These include confirming the locations for all the customs clearance sites HMRC plans; giving KCC’s own highways officers powers to enforce compliance with Operation Brock and… Read full this story
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