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15.02.2016

MANAGING THE IMPACT OF MIGRATION ON ROAD HAULAGE

CLECAT: has been invited to a technical working group organised by DG MOVE to discuss possible measures to help the responsible actors in the sector (drivers, company and fleet managers, sub-contractors, other third parties) and also those in the public sector to better protect their assets and prevent the non-intentional facilitation of migrant smuggling.

Industry has reported on the huge impact that the migrant crisis affecting the EU has had upon the private road transport sector over the last year. This is a result of the large numbers of migrants trying to access Lorries to be carried without detection across Member States borders where controls are in place, both existing Schengen zone external borders and across temporary internal borders. There have been numerous attacks on lorry drivers themselves as well as repeated and well-coordinated attempts to access vehicles queuing to pass border controls. The unauthorised intrusion of so many migrants has resulted in millions of euros of damages to the sector in the last year including damage to both vehicles and goods and delayed or ruined shipments.