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Large Goods Vehicles: Irish Sea

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL2360, tabled on 18 August 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ease of HGV vehicle movements across the Irish Sea.

Answered on

1 September 2021

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) ensures that the vast majority of journeys will continue as they did before the end of the transition period. EU and UK hauliers are able to operate to, from and through each other’s territories with no restriction, and undertake up to two additional movements within each other’s territories.

With regards to border flow and COVID-19 testing requirements, haulier testing for drivers operating in the EU is now available at 34 Information and Advice Sites across the country which are strategically located, aligned to strategic routes to ports and typical haulier footfall. The Department has tested over 700,000 hauliers for COVID-19 since December 2020 with a positivity rate of 0.1%. The high compliance demonstrates the effectiveness of the COVID testing at Information and Advice Sites as it enables goods to flow freely across borders and delivers robust public health mitigations to manage the risk of infection in England. As of 19th August, only Germany have any testing requirements for hauliers entering from the UK.

The Department will continue to monitor the changing situation and rapidly engage with hauliers if there are any further changes to haulier testing.