11:00 hrs, 9/2/18
As a result of more snow falling overnight, French authorities have re-introduced restrictions on commercial vehicles over 7.5t capacity in the Paris area and western regions of France. This latest restriction is expected to remain in place until 1200 hrs 10/02/18. The affected regions can be viewed by clicking the enclosed map.
Logistics space in French hubs is reaching capacity, and we are attempting deliveries and collections where possible but we do anticipate that it will take some time before the situation returns to normal.
15:00 hrs, 8/2/18
We are pleased to confirm that some restrictions have been lifted by French authorities however we understand this will only be in force until 0500 hrs 9/2/18 when French authorities will re-assess the situation.
Nonetheless this has enabled our Paris hub to recommence deliveries in the Paris area using small vehicles. They are utilising the available time to the best of their ability until restrictions are re-introduced in the morning.
Shipments in distribution across the wider network have also recommenced, and will continue as long as conditions allow.The situation is far from a return to normality and we envisage it will take some time to clear backlogs.
We will update further as information is received.
11:30 hrs, 8/2/18
Further to our release of Tuesday 6th February, this morning we have received reports that the situation has not improved .
In Paris and surrounding areas conditions have deteriorated, trucks over 3.5t capacity are not allowed to drive until 14h30 8/2/18. Public transport is badly affected and many people have heeded government advice requesting they travel only if necessary and are staying home. This is affecting companies, many of which are operating with skeletal staff or have remained closed.
The snowstorms across northern France have forced the French authorities to extend driving bans for trucks imposed 06.02.2018 until 1400 hrs today (there is a possibility that this ban will be extended following a review of the situation later Today). Consequently our French network is unable to organise collections / deliveries in the affected regions.
International trucks, both transiting and inbound to our French depots have been forced to park up on the motorways. Wherever possible trucks have been diverted to avoid the area, meantime affected inbound shipments will be unloaded and processed as soon as possible.
The snowstorms are now having an impact across the entire country with French national transport networks suffering as a result of the severe disruption, this is affecting their ability to service other areas of France which otherwise are not affected.
The French authorities expect the situation to improve during this afternoon however the French meteorological office has forecast more heavy snow for Friday 09.02.2018.
During this time we are grateful to our customers for their understanding, customers wishing to obtain more information about their shipments should contact their local Rhenus office.