Portaloos needed for thousands of truckers caught up in Brexit ports chaos, minister reveals

PORTALOOS are needed for thousands of truckers caught short in post-Brexit port chaos, a government minister warned.

There are fears jams of up to 7,000 lorries could snake through Kent after frictionless trade with the EU ends in January.

Temporary toilets for trapped drivers needing to spend a penny would be installed to cope with any backlog sparked by new checks at Dover and Calais, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean revealed.

Ms Maclean told MPs: "We have detailed plans that we worked up for provision of, not only Portaloos, but other facilities for drivers, not only in Kent.

“We don't want to see them in queues and we want to think about the impact on them."

She added: "We really want to minimise the impact on those drivers who are already working really hard."


Ms Maclean also warned of a shortage of permits for cross-Channel hauliers once the EU transition period ends on December 31.

As many as 70 per cent of trucks aren't ready for new checks to cross the Channel.

Karl McCartney, Conservative MP for Lincoln, told the transport select committee Kent lay-bys have "a proliferation of bottles that look like they're filled with Irn-Bru, but aren't".

The Sun told in July of a traffic nightmare at Dover and Calais if trade talks collapse and tariffs are slapped on goods after December 31.

There's a proliferation of bottles that look like they're filled with Irn-Bru, but aren'

The tailbacks could cause major food and fuel shortages and significant disruption to the economy

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has warned of a "reasonable worst-case scenario" of up to 7,000 lorries and two-day delays while waiting to cross the Channel.

And haulage industry bosses have spoken of their fears that long delays are inevitable when the transition period ends.

Border chaos in the event of a No Deal scenario could also mean truckers needing a pass to enter Kent.

The Kent Access Permit system could be enforced by cops or cameras monitoring number plates at points such as the Dartford Crossing, bringing freight from Essex.

But ex-deputy PM Damian Green said such a prospect would “send a chill” through his constituents in Ashford, Kent.

Brussels is poised to slap full goods controls on the UK from January 1.

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