8th March 2022
New truck park opens in Calais
Calais is a central hub for HGV traffic, and we want to provide the most secure and comfortable truck parking facility in the area," explains Mr Jean Pierre Devigne, who is working with haulage smart-payment specialists SNAP, to open La Londonienne Secure Truck Park in Calais.
Jean Pierre has been the founder and CEO of RDV Transport since the launch of his business in 1991. Armed with 30 years of haulage experience, he is opening La Londonienne on Tuesday, 1st March 2022. The location includes 135 truck parking spaces and new security infrastructure installed by SNAP Access & Security, the industry champions of secure truck parking.
Best-in-class security and comfort
La Londonienne has a range of facilities to satisfy truck drivers' needs in Calais. From vehicle repair to refuelling and truck washing to tyre changing, La Londonienne offers everything under one roof.
Site operators can even assist with customs documents for trips across the Channel - giving drivers a one-stop-shop with everything they need before crossing the border into the UK. Other facilities include:
- Cooking facilities
- Vending machine
"We are looking forward to welcoming truck drivers from across Europe, including SNAP customers and providing them with our high level of facilities," says Jean Pierre.
SNAP helped La Londonienne to achieve a gold level security certificate from ESPORG and a TAPA PPO (Parking Place Operator) status. The site aims to obtain additional TAPA security ratings in the future.
SNAP Access & Security has installed an innovative front and rear ANPR system that monitors the entrance and exit and links to vehicle barriers and SNAP Payment Terminals inside the main building.
The site also boasts internal and external CCTV surveillance cameras to deter criminal activity and three-metre fences, while five security guards patrol the location with guard dogs - ensuring the site is sufficiently secured.
The company name RDV was born from 'Route Destination Voyages,' and Jean Pierre says, "the business quickly became transport for the people."
The first decades of business focused on logistics and fleet operations - moving cargo between Europe and the UK from its strategic position in Calais at the heart of cross Channel traffic.
RDV has 160 vehicles and works with large delivery bodies, such as Royal Mail and Parcel Force, covering at least 15 million kilometres and crossing the Channel at least 24,000 times every year.
RDV started working with SNAP in 2020 to streamline its fleet operations - paying with SNAP Account's smart-payment system at HGV locations across the UK.
"Our drivers must use SNAP Account when they are in the UK for security reasons, so we always advise them to find SNAP locations," says Jean Pierre.