Monday 18th Feb 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

RHA demands action on Calais crisis

The Road Haulage Association is calling for the government to lead cross EU discussions to try and resolve the crisis in Calais. 

The call follows the surge in attempts by migrants to enter the UK illegally as they exploit delays caused by recent strike in the Calais area. The situation led to serious delays with many HGV drivers complaining of harassment.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “I welcome the announcement by the government of more resources however; I believe that only concerted and integrated co-operation right across Europe can resolve this problem.”

The RHA calculates that in the UK alone more than 2,500 vehicles were delayed under Operation Stack resulting in a loss of £750,000 per day.

Burnett said: “What was a chronic situation is now turning into an acute emergency. The issue of clandestines trying to access the UK via illegal means has been a major issue for our members and the haulage industry for years. These latest scenes at Calais dictate that we must have positive and swift action.”