FTA demands action on Calais migrants

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The Freight Transport Association has called on the government to lobby the French authorities to protect drivers passing through the Calais area, following reports of increased migrant activity targeting lorries approaching the port.

It said that drivers were reporting that rubbish bins were placed on the entry to the Port of Calais on Sunday night, and vehicles were attacked with stones, as migrants attempted to board lorries travelling towards the port.

A Czech driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries, and police quickly dispersed the migrants involve. Local associations estimate that approximately 700 migrants have returned to the Port of Calais region, following the closure of the Jungle camp in October 2016.

“The French and British governments need to work together to solve the migrant issue at Calais, both for the safety of our drivers and also for those migrants who have returned to the area,” says Pauline Bastidon, head of European policy.

“There is a need for urgent action by the French government to ensure that the area is policed adequately, and to protect drivers transporting goods, so that trade can continue to flow freely between France and the UK. We are seeking immediate action by the French police and government in the Calais area to ensure the continued safety of our members in undertaking their daily tasks.

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