French customs’ ongoing work-to-rule affects E40 traffic
Thursday, 07 March 2019
The French border at Adinkerque (La Panne) was closed to trucks again this morning, which generates traffic problems in the area, Flemish Traffic Centre (Vlaams Verkeerscentrum) reported. French customs have been on work-to-rule in Calais and Dunkerque for four days now, which is having repercussions right through to Belgium, including near the border on the E40 (La Panne and Furnes).
Work-to-rule is an industrial action in which employees do no more than the minimum required by the rules of their contract, and precisely follow all safety or other regulations.
Police reported this morning that queues are not that bad, but it is planning to close the Oostduinkerke exit, except for local traffic.
Heavy vehicles which cannot go through are advised to follow a deviation from Brussels via Tournai, or from Ghent or Bruges via the E17 to Rekkem, then via Lille and Dunkerque.
French customs officers demand additional resources in view of the Brexit. On Monday they started their “work-to-rule,” being more thorough than usual in their controls of trucks about to cross the Channel at Calais and Dunkerque, which creates monstrous queues for the Euro Tunnel and the ferries.