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Guarded Parking areas in Europe: The situation in France

We all know that cargo thefts in FRANCE have become a nightmare for both carriers and their CMR insurers…

Some 50% of these thefts occur on parking areas alongside the highways and national roads; even in spite of the fact that the toll highways have controlled tollgates.

The necessity of public guarded parking areas in FRANCE has been underlined several times by the carriers and their insurers, as they bear important losses.

Until 2004 there were no real guarded parking areas in FRANCE at all…

As far as we know there are now since the end of 2004 two guarded parking areas, which were created by the highway operators:

1. Communay

The first one is an initiative of the ASF (Autoroutes du Sud de la France) who opened in November 2004 guarded parkings alongside the A 46 (the Eastern “périphérique” of LYON) at both sides of the highway at COMMUNAY.

Facilities include a 2 m high fence, CCTV surveillance, illumination, entrance controll but also facilities for the drivers such as restaurant and sanitary infrastructure.

Both sides offer approximatively 60 parking places (a rather modest number…)

Rates are from approx. € 2 / hour upto approx. €25 /night.

2. Vermars Ouest

The second one is an initiative of the SANEF who opened in December 2004 a guarded parking area on the A 1 highway LILLE- PARIS at VEMARS OUEST.

156 places are available (also a rather modest number in view of the trafic-flow on this highway:

- about 17.000 trucks / day in both directions
- about 1.000 trucks / day stop at Vémars- Ouest.

Rates are at approx. € 2 / hour.

Facilities are similar as for the first project described above.

Both initiatives are still modest in size, but it is an interesting evolution for the future.

(bericht d.d. 11/01/07)

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