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FTA calls for protection as migrants return to Calais

[ May 23, 2017   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging the government to lobby the French authorities to protect drivers passing through the Calais area, following reports of increased migrant activity.

 According to driver reports, rubbish bins were placed on the entry to the Port of Calais on the night of Sunday 21 May, 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 involved.  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.

FTA head of European policy, Pauline Bastidon, said: “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.

“Meanwhile, FTA urges members to take extra care when moving goods to and from the port areas, and to be extremely vigilant on the approach roads to Calais.”