There are about 1,500 carriers among the 14,000 blocked trucks that will not spend Christmas Eve at home. Losses can reach 3,000 million. France requires all drivers to undergo a PCR test
This Wednesday the situation of the carriers blocked in Great Britain may begin to be unblocked, after the principle of agreement reached between the British Prime Minister and the French President. Although the bureaucratic procedures foreseeably will not allow the Spanish truck drivers to arrive in time to spend Christmas Eve at home since they will have two days on the road until they reach their destination.
This opening must be staggered, so everyone hopes that the procedures will delay the departure from the British island. Representatives of France and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement that will allow the trucks to leave from Wednesday, although France requires that all drivers undergo a PCR test before entering its territory, which is quite disturbing. , since this time of carrying out the test plus waiting for the diagnosis would delay the return for a day or two. Clearly insufficient time for drivers to arrive at their homes on time, in the case of Spaniards, and to spend Christmas with their families. the sadness of the trapped drivers due to the impossibility of being able to get home on time is added. Most of them will have to spend Christmas Eve sleeping in the cabin of their vehicle.
The situation caused for several weeks with monumental traffic jams on the main access highways to the shipping ports to cross the English Channel, both from the United Kingdom and from France, has been worsened by the decision of the French government to proceed the closure of borders with the United Kingdom at midnight last Sunday, leading to thousands of carriers being trapped in British territory, without the possibility of crossing the strait and returning to their countries of origin.
The closure of the Channel Tunnel and the decision of the French Government not to authorize the entry of lorries from the United Kingdom has generated in recent days lorry traffic jams of more than 40 kilometers and has trapped more than 12,000 lorries that pass through the port daily Briton from Dover. This reality directly affects around 1,500 Spanish carriers who are currently blocked in the United Kingdom without the possibility of returning to Spain at the moment, despite the fact that the top leaders of the United Kingdom and France are negotiating to find a solution that will allow their next exit.
In addition, the closure of the border and the paralysis of exports is affecting the Spanish economy significantly, since the United Kingdom is the fifth destination for exports by road from our country, moving around 3,000 million euros per month between the two countries, so the weeks of collapse of transport added to the blockade and closure of trucks since last Sunday, will cause serious losses of hundreds of millions to the Spanish economy and to the already deteriorated business fabric of our country.