Trucks line up for departure at the East Quay of the Port of Dover, Kent, on September 29, 2020. Andrew Aitchison /.
There are fears that Kent in south-east England is littered with bags of excrement and bottles full of urine left behind by the 7,000 truckers caught in a Brexit border traffic jam unless toilets are installed in the next two months.
The county of Kent has been called the “Garden of England” for hundreds of years. It was known for its fertile farmland and fruit-filled orchards.
The government said it has plans for temporary roadside toilets for truck drivers whose trips could be delayed for up to two days in a post-Brexit environment, The Guardian reported.
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There is fear that Kent, England, will be littered with bags of excrement left behind by the 7,000 truckers who could be caught in a Brexit border stalemate unless toilets are installed within two months.
Starting January 1, 2021, there will also be new customs and regulatory controls with 400 million deliveries a year of goods to and from the EU, Business Insider previously reported.
Last month, the government said it would install portable roadside toilets (known as portaloos) in Kent for truck drivers whose trips could be delayed by up to two days in a post-Brexit environment, according to The Guardian.
Mike Sole, a Liberal Democrat councilor in Kent told Insider: “We have not been given details of how these new portaloos are going to be, how many there are going to be and how often they are going to be cleaned at the time of coronavirus.
“At the moment, there are bags of excrement, bottles of the well-known ‘Lucozade del conductor’, dirty wipes and toilet paper lying on the A2 and beyond. We need a more permanent solution ”.
He fears that when the UK leaves the single market and the EU customs union on 31 December and that Kent, known as the ‘garden of England’ for its fertile farmland and fruit-filled orchards, will become the ‘ England’s toilet ”, as Cllr Sole told The Guardian.
Elizabeth de Jong, policy director for the UK Logistics and Road Transport Association, told the Brexit Committee of the UK Parliament on Wednesday that there was a “reluctance” from the government to erect the portals. There were concerns that drivers on the other side of busy roads could risk having to make dangerous crossings to use them.
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Heidi Skinner, Policy Director at the Road Haulage Association and Logistics UK, said: “Having access to toilets in the work environment is a basic human right and HGV drivers are forced to park overnight without them they deserve better support.
“The government must take urgent action to provide toilets for those delayed in transit across the border as of January 1, 2020, be it short-term portals or the construction of a more permanent solution.”
A Highways England spokesperson told Insider: “Kent Resilience Forum’s driver wellness plan considers the reasonable and proportionate distribution of passenger and freight traffic during significant congestion.
“It covers the deployment of food, water, medicine, heat and sanitation. We are working in tandem with the Kent Resilience Forum to help develop these plans by the end of the transition period. “
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