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Closure of secure motorway parking for trucks


The IRU has criticised the closure of secure motorway parking areas for trucks, saying that it will not solve the migration crisis. The IRU says that the move threatens the safety of drivers, removes essential facilities, and could impact negatively on local neighbourhoods, potentially exacerbating rather than addressing the problem.
IRU considers the closure of motorway parking areas at night-time, such as between Brussels and the Channel coast, to be counter-productive to problems associated with clandestine migration. The closure of these facilities are detrimental to the welfare of truck drivers and operators, while the real issues of lack of police capability, lack of funding for properly secured parking areas and the problems that would-be stowaways create for other road users remain unsolved.
By closing parking areas for long-term parking at night, truck drivers will be forced to park in places where safety is not guaranteed, increasing the risk of attacks on drivers and cargo crime. It could also leave drivers without the necessary rest facilities, such as toilets and restaurants, and may impact drivers’ ability to comply with driving and rest time rules.
In a press release from the IRU, Marc Billiet, who leads IRU’s work on road freight transport in the EU, said, “Closing motorway service areas to trucks overnight will not solve the problem of stowaways. The migrants will simply move to the areas where drivers are forced to stop, off the motorway. This could seriously threaten driver safety and bring disruption and dangers to unsecured, ill-equipped parking areas or neighbourhoods.”
CLECAT also calls for the provision of secure parking areas along the European road network, as well as open and accessible information for drivers to locate the parking areas and be informed as to the facilities available in terms of security and rest amenities.
All parking areas should be properly secured and have the necessary facilities that drivers need. European rules require secure parking on the core trans-European road network every 100km.

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