RHA chief executive Richard Burnett

French military in Calais as ‘Jungle’ dismantling process begins

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that the French military are now being deployed to carry out security checks on HGV trucks at the port of Calais.

RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett (pictured above) said: “Finally, the proposal to dismantle the Calais ‘Jungle’ is to become a reality. However, it essential that the safety of UK-bound HGV drivers and motorists passing through the Port is increased as migrants become even more desperate to reach our shores, seeing the dismantling of the Jungle as their last chance to reach UK soil.
 
“We are fully aware that the record number of migrants at the Port will not disappear overnight but it is of paramount importance that both the French and British governments work closely to make the whole dismantling process run as smoothly as possible. It is therefore imperative that Amber Rudd and her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve resolve the issue of misplaced children in the camp and both governments must accept their responsibilities to achieve this as a matter of extreme urgency.
 
“The migrant issue stretches far beyond what is, in effect, the UKs doorstep. This is a Europe-wide issue and the flow of misplaced people, all seeking a better life must be addressed and the flow stopped.
 
“However, the main aim of the Road Haulage Association is to make sure that HGV drivers who ask for no more than to do their job safely and securely are allowed to do so.
 
“After years of asking for the camp to be dismantled, the ‘Jungle’ ball has finally started to roll – it is now crucial that nothing stands in its way and that law and order – for HGV drivers, motorists and the people of Calais, finally be restored.”

According to recent reports in the Daily Telegraph, the destruction of the camps and permanent installations at the Calais 'Jungle' could commence on October 17.