Haulier groups urge drivers to remain vigilant following riots in Paris

Haulier groups urge drivers to remain vigilant following riots in Paris

Haulier business groups are advising all commercial drivers using the Dover-Calais route to be extra vigilant as stowaways attempt to take advantage of the chaos caused by demonstrations and rioting in central Paris.

 

Over the weekend French police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse around 5,000 protesters opposed to a rise in fuel duties.

 

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said drivers entering the French ports should be “even more vigilant” as migrant incursions increase as a result of the rising numbers of stationery vehicles. 

 

Sarah Laouadi, the Freight Transport Association's European Policy Manager, said: “Trucks have been caught in illegal road blocks, with dangerous objects being placed on the road by protesters, and two drivers have been victims of attacks with broken windows. Drivers are advised to be particularly vigilant as stowaway attempts have been reported amid this chaotic situation; vehicles stopped in queues are particularly vulnerable and there is notable traffic congestion. 

 

“Industry best practice on preventing clandestine entrants – as described in the Border Force Code of Practice – is more relevant than ever. Incidents between demonstrators and police officers have also been reported. 

 

“FTA is advising its members to stay safe and will keep its members informed of any developments – please stay tuned and remain vigilant.”