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Time is running out for UK-bound hauliers at Calais says RHA

RHA | Road Haulage Association

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That's the stark warning from the Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett.

“We have today received photographs from a haulier on his way to the Port of Calais that clearly show that Calais and its approach roads are, quite literally, becoming a war zone. Despite this, the French authorities still are not taking the action that is now desperately needed  and action that the thousands of hauliers using this vital trade route are desperate for.

“We have already warned operators to make sure their drivers know not to stop within at least 100 miles of Calais. But if a brick is thrown at your truck on the final approach road and it hits your windscreen, you have no alternative but to stop. And if you stop, the trucks following are also at risk. You and those behind you instantly become a sitting target for the hordes of migrants whose sole aim is to reach the reach the UK, regardless of the consequences for HGV drivers. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.

“These drivers want no more than to do their job, unhindered and in safety. This is not happening. We are demanding that the French government responds to our call to deploy its Army as a matter of extreme urgency.

It is inconceivable that the death of a truck driver may be the only catalyst for this catastrophic situation to be addressed.”

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