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This seems like double jeopardy. "We are making you park here, but if you park here we will fine you." Stuck in line, no food, no toilet, no income from mileage.

Hauliers waiting for their paperwork to clear during Brexit custom checks face a £50 ($68) an hour fine. Truckers have been told that from 1 February, after the first two hours of waiting at the nine sites for the green light, they will be charged £50.

In December, Kent County Council was given new powers to clamp and fine lorries in certain areas. Those entering the county need Kent Access Permits and face £300 fines for not having them.

I wonder if, after the drivers get home after their first or second experience with this, they will just direct their attention elsewhere. Or just stay home.

by asdf on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:20:34 PM EST
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I'm seeing stuff over Twitter suggesting drivers are refusing to return to the UK. Meanwhile major logistics firms are dumping the country entirely:

German logistics firm DB Schenker stops UK shipments over Brexit red tape:

German logistics company DB Schenker is temporarily suspending deliveries from the European Union to Britain because of bureaucratic hurdles brought on by Brexit.

The transport giant is experiencing "considerable problems" in customs formalities in the movement of goods between the UK and EU, it said in a statement sent to AFP on Friday.

Only "around 10 percent" of deliveries are accompanied by the complete and correct paperwork, it added.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 11:35:06 PM EST
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This is not only Twitter chatter: drivers are increasingly refusing to go to the UK and logistics companies, like Schenker, the largest European land transporter are backing off too.

Good thing that the UK has a business friendly government. Oh, wait...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 08:42:00 AM EST
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Wrapped in Brexit red tape, a UK freight firm struggles to trade
Swallow is one of thousands of freight forwarders and customs brokers based around Britain's biggest ports who have described the OVERNIGHT INTRODUCTION of a full customs border as akin to the country placing economic sanctions on itself.
He said many EU drivers were adding 400 pounds ($550) to the cost of driving into Britain so they were covered if they returned without any goods. The industry estimates up to half of the trucks going back to the EU are empty.
past prologue 10 March 2015
by Cat on Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 07:02:01 PM EST
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