Carriers from Catalonia have announced a protest. Tomorrow trucks will move slowly and block the right lane on the Catalan roads.
In this way, entrepreneurs from the transport sector want to draw attention to their difficult situation. One of the reasons for the protest is the redirection of truck traffic in the provinces of Tarragona, Barcelona, Castellón, and Lleida from the N240 and N340 roads to toll roads – AP-7 and AP-2. Although this solution was aimed at improving the safety and smoothness of traffic on national roads, carriers were opposed to the new regulation from the beginning. 4,000 trucks a day traveled on both national roads.
As the FEAT transport union underlines, traffic redirection costs carriers an additional 300-600 euros per month.
We are against the treatment of carriers as criminals who cause accidents. That, in turn, leads to the introduction of this type of measures,” reads in the communiqué of the association on the limited protest. FEAT also emphasizes that the situation of the industry is increasingly difficult, among others due to continuous increases in fuel prices.
Associations from all over Spain (e.g. Fetram from Alicante) joined the Catalan carriers in the protest.
The slow „march” of trucks started today, Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 am in the Catalan provinces of Tarragona, Barcelona, Lleida, Girona and Terres de’Elbre.
Chaos after the introduction of traffic bans for trucks on national roads
Already during the first week of the ban, Spanish organizations reported chaos on motorways. It turned out that the number of parking places on motorways is insufficient to accommodate such heavy traffic.
Due to traffic ban for trucks on N-340 and N-240A, the parking lot on the AP-7 (La Ribera and la del Baix Ebre) is full. This in turn makes it impossible or difficult for drivers to comply with the rules governing working and rest time.