The President of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), Verona Murphy has travelled to the port of Calais with print and broadcast media to assess the latest developments at the port .
The IRHA has continuously highlighted the ongoing threat to Irish road haulage operators and their drivers when transiting Calais. The association, representing the licensed hire and reward sector in Ireland, has been very concerned with the ever-growing level of hostility toward Irish HGVs and their drivers.
Ms Murphy stated: “I am very concerned with the significant increase in the level of threat and harassment my members are facing in Calais, coupled with the lack of protection being afforded by the French police.”
Ms Murphy continued ‘While the obvious concern relates to the safety of our professional HGV drivers, there is the knock-on effect in terms of additional costs incurred as a result of time delays and damage to freight when clandestine entrants are found on-board a vehicle. I am personally visiting Calais in order to establish if any improvements are being realised from the haulage operator’s perspective given the various statements by the European Commission and UK / French governments over the last week.”
The IRHA has reiterated its call on the Irish government to intervene and support the haulage industry in Ireland by implementing Article 14 of Regulation 561 of 2006 which governs the tachograph rules (the internal system that records a drivers’ driving time) so that drivers are not forced to park-up for hours like “sitting ducks” in Calais having made little progress on their journey due to hours of delays.