Sunday, 13 June, 2021

Yellow vests: the truck drivers will not join the movement


Motor carriers said Monday they did not want to be associated with the yellow vests movement, despite the participation of some truckers, and called on the government to clear the roads.

Yellow vests: truck drivers will not join the movement

Motor carriers said Monday they did not want to be associated with the yellow vests movement, despite the participation of some truckers, and called on the government to clear the roads.

“Professional organizations intend to recall that transport companies have taken their responsibilities by not joining the movement” of yellow vests, said in a statement the National Federation of Road Transport (FNTR), the leading organization in the sector.

“Indeed, even if they understand the motivations of the demonstrators, their tense economic situation does not allow them to lose days of work,” she explained.

Deploring that trucks are caught “in various blockages and roadblocks”, the FNTR and its allies (TFL, Unostra and Chambre Syndicale du Déménagement) called on the government “to take its own responsibilities, either by starting a negotiation process with the vests. yellow, or by ensuring respect for the freedom of movement of economic operators ”.

The “carriers are not engaged in the movement of yellow vests”

“In any other case, professional road freight transport organizations will intervene to protect the interests of carriers and the safety of their staff,” they threatened, without further clarification.

The Organization of European Road Transporters (Otre), another federation of road professionals, confirmed in a statement that “carriers are not involved in the yellow vests movement”.

“Since this morning (Monday), heavy goods vehicles have been blocked, against their will, in various points of the territory. If some initiatives can see the light of day, they are the work of single drivers using vehicles against the wishes of business leaders, ”said Otre.

“If the Otre respects the right to demonstrate, it reaffirms that it is out of the question to be linked to an action of which we do not know or little the organizers”, she added, also judging that “on the fundamentally, the demands of road professionals and business leaders are not those of these citizens ”

Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne assured Monday morning on Franceinfo that road transport organizations “do not (wish) to join this movement”.

“On the other hand (…) on some roadblocks, yellow vests prevent heavy goods vehicles from circulating. You have heavyweights who find themselves stranded on these roadblocks, ”she lamented.

“Road carriers have their subject”

“The road carriers have their subject, we are discussing it with them, but they do not wish to be in solidarity with this movement”, even if there are “a few isolated cases” of truckers having joined it, insisted the Minister of Transport.

The government is seeking 500 million euros per year, from the 2020 budget, to supplement the financing of infrastructure, and is considering charging more for heavy goods vehicles, including foreign trucks crossing France. No decision has yet been taken on this subject, which greatly worries French truckers.

More generally, Elisabeth Borne estimated on Franceinfo that “the French also want us to leave them the freedom to move”.

“Demonstrate yes, block no”, she summed up. “There are French people who want to express their anger with their yellow vests, there are French people who want to go to work and who want us to let them move.”

(with AFP)

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