I enjoyed discovering this morning that the term "beta" had changed in relation to the software development life cycle.
"But the government now says "beta" is a standard labelling practice for a digital service that is fully operational, and that it has reassured industry that Smart Freight will be operational by December"
If they'd have left out the term "fully" you could have almost got away with it. But they just had to lay it on thick.
For those unaware, a system in "beta" is usually (but not always) functionally complete but has not been thoroughly bug tested or user tested.
The standard practice for something like this might involve giving the logistics industry limited access months before it has to be used in anger so they can spot bugs or just general issues with it.
I imagine what is going on here is they are saying it's fully functional now and hoping nothing goes wrong in the "beta" which isn't a beta. Then if anything does go wrong they can say "oh it was just in beta, these things were expected".