Dover: Truck drivers should be allowed into the EU after a negative corona test
Mega traffic jams, no way for truck drivers from all over Europe – and that just before Christmas. The level of frustration among the truck drivers stranded in Dover, UK, is becoming more and more apparent: Word battles on Tuesday evening are followed by scuffle on Wednesday morning after the truck drivers whistle to the police. You can see the footage from Dover in the video.
The UK and France had previously announced that trucks would again be allowed to cross the English Channel into the EU from Wednesday. However, drivers have to show a negative Corona test – so some will have to wait a long time before things really go on.
British Freight Forwarders Association estimates: 10,000 trucks stuck in traffic
According to estimates by the British Freight Forwarding Association, up to 10,000 trucks are waiting in Dover and the surrounding area to leave for France. The country also closed the border to Great Britain for goods traffic on Monday night – for fear of the spread of the new coronavirus variant.
German truck drivers are among those waiting. “Of course we feel a little let down. We’re all here and don’t come home. It’s Christmas … we all have families at home,” explains trucker Niklas Kramer. RTL reporter Ulrich Oppold reports from Dover: “Some of them have been here for more than 50 hours”. Whether they will make it home before Christmas – increasingly unlikely.