Large goods vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of HGV operations that that will be prepared for new border processes on 31 October 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

We have now worked extensively with hauliers’ associations like the RHA and FTA, meaning we are now substantially better prepared than we would have been in March.

The Government published its assessment of the flow of freight across the border in a Reasonable Worst Case scenario as part of its response to the Humble Address motion of 9 September. This set out the assumptions drawn up under the last government.

Over recent months, the Government has taken significant steps to improve levels of trader and haulier readiness to improve overall flow across the short Strait crossings. This includes a £100m public information campaign and additional funding for businesses and trade associations to draw upon to enable preparations.

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