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"Going rate for lorry drivers"; £550 ?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BigFrankEM, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    "Grayling paid lorry drivers around £550 each to arrive at a deserted airfield to create this traffic jam, and then roll towards Dover. Sadly, it turns out it is surprisingly difficult to organise a traffic jam in Dover, as not as many vehicles turned up as the government had hoped, ..."

    From an online blog by The Spectator

    Though what is not clear is the period of time for which the payment is due:

    • Per day?
    • Per half-day?
    • Per hour?
    • Per "session"?

    But at the stated rate, he had few takers, apparently.

    "Makes yer fink....?"
  2. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It costs around £400 per day to own an idle lorry. Add on the fuel to get it to Manston and the driver's wages plus the loss of business it might have been making and it's not such a great way for a trucking company to earn a living.
    border_walker likes this.
  3. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Maybe lorry drivers have some sympathy for their colleagues?
  4. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Actually there was no lack of takers, it's just that on the way down there they all got stuck in a traffic jam on the M25.
    Grandsire and magic surf bus like this.
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Is this a new version of the brewery saying?

    "Can't organize a traffic jam on the M20".
  6. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    As someone who lived just off the M20 and had to suffer days when Operation Stack was in force, I can tell you it isn't a lot of fun. They close the M20 at junction 8, which is forty odd miles from Dover. Light vehicles get sent down the A20, so that gets chocka.

    My experiences of this happened long before idiots thought about voting for Brexit and the roads haven't changed. Brexiters have no idea whatsoever about the chaos their votes will cause.
    catmother likes this.
  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Ah but they've got their country back.

    ..and most of its trans-continental lorries by the sound of it.
    monicabilongame likes this.
  8. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    They can transport all the folks who want to leave the UK as we will supposedly be a disaster zone. If short of cargo I am sure the migrants on the other side of the channel will happily come to our supposed disaster country! It certainly seems a better prospect to them than staying in the big EU!
    Once again the disaster scenario is rolled out. Be interesting to see if it becomes what the prophets are declaring. At least I will go down with the sinking Island!
    Do you think we will be safe from the Tsunamis the Balkan prophet is declaring will happen, or how about the earthquakes. Maybe the attempt to control us dealing in finance in the EU, which is being proposed by the ministers in council in the EU, will destroy us. Or we might lose our way if the sat nav system we were helping to build all speak in French..well France does want French to become the lingua franca of the EU dealings. Oh, deary me all the English folk might be cut off? Jobless. starving and poor.
    Then again the remainer Politicians might just sell 17 million folks down the Swanee. Yipee. It will be interesting to see the political ramifications of that. Do you think the leavers will be demanding another referendum if they had a vote and a minority wanted to stay in, or maybe the rise of a far-right nationalist party in the country in which the nation is split. Watch the space to see if the truths are what many are declaring!
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    There is no chaos about Brexit per se. You have confused it with a No Deal, which could result in chaos at Dover if other ferry routes are not used. However, No Deal is still looking very unlikely as many, many MPs are determined to prevent such an outcome.
  10. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    We're throwing large amounts of money at something that is very unlikely. Well beyond this clown Grayling and his nonexistent boats

    Brexit Britain.
    monicabilongame likes this.
  11. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    As one driver who DID turn up yesterday said when being interviewed: first they will use Operation Stack blocking off several lanes of the M20 Maidstone to Ashford, then close the whole M26 and use all the lanes as a lorry park, then Manston. A lorry moving from one to the next to the next to Dover could take 2 days to reach Calais AFTER they've arrived in Kent.

    NB At its busiest Dover can deal with 10,000 lorries a day, and the Tunnel about 4 to 5,000.
  12. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    The blog wrongly gives the impression that £550 was what the lorry drivers personally were paid (it was for the whole day). But press photos show that the lorries were mainly from big national haulage companies. Eddie Stobart lorries were there in some numbers. Stobarts don't allow their drivers to take the day off and take their lorry with them. Stobarts received the money - in effect they hired their lorries out to the government for the day at a £550 day hire rate. That's about what you'd expect to hire a lorry and driver for a day.
    border_walker and oldsomeman like this.

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