Hundreds of Hungarian businesses are “on the verge of bankruptcy” due to the entry of Ukrainian freight carriers into the EU market, the secretary general of the Hungarian Road Transport Association told MTI on Saturday.
Tivadar Árvay said that the European Union has allowed Ukrainian freight carriers to enter the common market, mainly for humanitarian deliveries, in view of the war situation. The permit was extended until June 2024. This has resulted in the mileage of Ukrainian trucks on Hungarian roads increasing by more than 30 percent, while the mileage of Hungarian vehicles has decreased by 4 percent.
He added that Ukrainian hauliers come from a very different economic and legal environment, and therefore have different costs and are not subject to EU rules. “Ukrainian hauliers are working at a significant price advantage and are destroying the hauliers’ part of the member states’ logistics sector,” the Secretary General stressed.
This is what the Polish and Slovakian protests are about, but it is also behind the Hungarian protests starting on Monday,”
he said, adding that the Hungarian “hauliers will demonstrate at the border crossing point in Záhony.”
Hungarokamion reports that the demonstration is scheduled to take place from this Monday at 10 a.m. until midnight on December 31.
During the demonstration, they plan to slow down the traffic of trucks on the main road 4 to the Záhony-Csop border crossing, and trucks coming from the Záhony-Csop border crossing to Hungary (without limiting the traffic of cars and buses).
The blockade is planned to allow 2 trucks per hour in each direction. Exceptions to this would of course be trucks transporting live animals, fresh milk, dairy products, meat products, perishable foodstuffs; trucks involved in disaster and water damage prevention, disaster prevention and relief; trucks involved in technical, accident and cargo rescue operations and trucks involved in certified humanitarian transport.
“We have asked the European Union – the Transport Committee met last week – to (…) review its agreement with Ukraine and take into account the interests of EU member states, including Hungary, and not to allow Ukrainian hauliers to enter the European Union for essentially commercial purposes, long after the initial intentions have been exceeded,” concluded Tivadar Árvay.
Via MTI, Hungarokamion; Featured image: Pixabay