A professional TIR driver, known to transporters in Europe as the “Road Man”, reveals in a recent post that in an interview given to the Austrian media he spoke about the impact that Austria’s opposition to Romania’s entry into Schengen has on Romanian drivers .
Ilie Matei has an extremely popular social media account PHOTO Facebook
Asked if Romania is a corridor for migrants, Ilie Matei, a professional TIR driver, a blogger followed on his social media page by many transporters, answered that there were only isolated cases, the border points not being targeted by them.
“I have not forgotten the fact that, especially after this decision of Austria (the opposition to Romania’s entry into the European Space – ed.), we became by “coincidence” the preferred targets of the Austrian control bodies, which made a habit of shaking off money through fines”said Ilie Matei.
He further detailed in the interview about the problems related to the long waiting times at the border, the lack of minimum conditions in the fields around them, where drivers wait for dozens of hours, and that the blockages are intensified by the thorough checks made on Turkish, Iranian, Bulgarian colleagues or Ukrainians, which involves stress and fatigue.
The TIR driver recalled the impact on the goods, especially the perishable ones, some of them also reaching Austria, which due to the waiting times reach the limit of expiration at the final customer and the enormous losses that the carriers have, because they cannot offer any estimate on the transit time only after crossing the borders.
“Everybody has something to lose”
Ilie Matei also “touched” on another aspect, considering that one can talk about the humiliation of the millions of Romanians, who are in a permanent state of coming and going from and to the West through hours of waiting to enter or leave the country that fulfills more than many other states the requirements to enter the European Space with full rights.
The “Man of the Roads” concludes the post as follows:
“If you have anything to add, please do so, but in a decent language, the lady journalist reads our page and will take over your ideas. Have a good trip, everyone! On the roads we only have each other!”. And the comments “flowed” one after the other.
“I don’t think anyone can really understand what the waiting time for crossing the border means if they haven’t experienced this experience at least once. The driver does not sleep, the level of pollution is high (…), not to mention the wear and tear of the engines after “idling”. Everyone has something to lose”Blue River Transport shows.
The work of the drivers would have been simplified if Romania was admitted to Schengen PHOTO Facebook
And Claudiu Florentin posted the following:
“We know that we don’t really have a good reputation in Europe, that’s because of other Romanians, but I also know that there, in Austria, there are not only Romanian thieves, there are also valuable and hardworking Romanians. We know that we have a horrible political class, I know that they are incompetent and corrupt, but this country, Romania, is also represented by other people”.
Cristinel Cireseanu has a different opinion: “Guys, it’s not about wood, it’s about something much bigger, with a long beat. Because of the port of Constanţa and the largest gas field in Romania, which they have not yet sold. The Dutch want the port, and the Austrians want the deposits. That’s all bullshit”.