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From the first days of November, Romanian carriers are threatening to block border crossings with Hungary if the Hungarian authorities do not limit the controls that cause long queues. The situation is getting serious.

Romanian carriers complain about several kilometre long queues at the border crossings with Hungary. In their opinion, the situation on the Romanian-Hungarian border resembles the times when neither countries were members of the European Union. 

Due to the meticulous controls carried out by Hungarians authorities since 1 November, trucks are crowded in up to 20-kilometer queues – one can read it on the transport portal diariodetransporte.com.

Romanians say that Hungarian services not only check documents but also accurately control the cargo as well as checking previous road tolls in Hungary.  

Due to this difficult situation, Romanian carriers are threatening that if the Hungarian authorities do not stop these activities, they will force them to do so by blocking all roads leading to Hungary. 

Customers do not receive their goods on time, and we pay fines for this. Drivers cannot take their legal resting time. Also, they spend many hours in traffic jams, without toilets and other hygiene and sanitary facilities, in conditions that are inhuman. (…) If problems on the border with Hungary are not resolved urgently, we will block border crossings with this country, including low-traffic arteries – said Dorin Pop, head of the Romanian association APTE 2002, in an interview with the AGERPRES news agency.

The association unites 250 companies with a total fleet of almost 4000 trucks. On 6 November, according to the organization, the traffic jam before the border with Hungary on Romanian N-II reached 25 kilometres. The waiting time of truck drivers is up to several hours.

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