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Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Summer 1984.
Truck: DAF 2800.
Company, homebase: Brekelmans. Geldrop, Holland.
Remarks: Going inbound it's homecountry, after clearing the customs. The rig next to it is a Pegaso, a Spanish truckmark. This one was in used by Bergers in Oss ( Holland ) for the time being while waiting for delivery for the company's fresh new Renault. Their own Pegaso was already sold.
Also Pegaso stopped with the truckbusiness.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Summer 1984.
Truck: Scania 142H
Company, homebase: Inter Vallee. Italy.
Remarks: Clearing customs outbound Holland.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Summer 1984.
Truck: Volvo F12.
Company, homebase: Rob Bloemen. Nieuwenhagen, Holland.
Remarks: Taken on a Sundayafternoon. At Sunday the customs were closed, so this one needs to wait for Monday. Owner-operator Rob Bloemen was a Middle-East trucker with destinations mostly in Saudi-Arabia. Sometimes he came in other countries nearby Saudi Arabia. It took several months to complete a returntrip to Holland. This picture is probaly taken on one of Rob's returntrips from the Middle-East.
Now do you think: "Wow, what a trip!" Here is even more! Nowadays Dutch haulier Jan de Rooy, one of the biggest haulier of Holland, is doing transportations with his trucks to the Mongolian- Chinese border!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that's what you call a long trip!!!!
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date; Summer 1984.
Truck: Scania 142M
Company, homebase: Bos. Dordrecht, Holland.
Remarks: Clearing customs inbound Holland.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Summer 1984.
Truck: Renault
Company,homebase: Bergers. Oss, Holland.
Remarks: This brand new Renault is waiting for it's driver who's trying to get a customclearance inbound Holland.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Autumn 1984.
Truck: Volvo F10.
Company, homebase: Unknown. Rig registered in the United Kingdom.
Remarks: Entering the customzone to clearing the customs outbound Holland
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Autumn 1984.
Truck: Volvo F12
Company, homebase: Verbeek. Helvoirt, Holland.
Remarks: This one is moving into Holland after finishing the custompaperwork.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Autumn 1984.
Truck: Iveco.
Company, homebase: Unknown. Rig registered in France.
Remarks: For this picture I earn certainly not a price of best picture, but it was the only Iveco I tooked in those days. Taken while clearing customs inbound Holland
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Autumn 1984.
Truck: Scania 141.
Company, homebase: Pluton. Greece.
Remarks: And a long, long way to go!! When this Greek trucker cleared the customs. He's continueing his trip via Italy to Greece. Between Italy and Greece, he's taking a ferryboat. That's the way it was till the Soviet Union collapsed. Now the Greek truckers travelling via Germany and the Balkan to Greece. Still a long way to go!!
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Autumn 1984.
Truck: Volvo F12. Scania 92M.
Company, homebase Volvo: Van Bijnen. Nieuwkuijk, Holland.
Company, homebase Scania: Vogely. Heerlen, Holland.
Remarks: Both rigs waiting for their drivers to clearing the customs inbound Holland.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: Autumn 1984.
Truck: Volvo F12 Globetrotter.
Company, homebase: B. Mollen & zn. Hardenberg, Holland.
Remarks: Good looking rig with a livestock trailer. Clearing customs inbound Holland.
Location: Vlissingen. Holland.
Date: Winter 1985.
Truck: Scania 142M.
Company, homebase: Rudgewick Transport. Rudgewick, United Kingdom.
Remarks: Taken at the Olau Line ferry terminal, on it's way back to the UK. Rudgewick was hauling reefers into the European continent for Eddom International in Hull ( UK ). The livery of this tractor was designed by Mr Roy Denton, the owner of Rudgewick Transport. Great design by the way! Eddom took over this livery for it's own fleet of DAF's and Scania's. Unfortunally both companies are no longer in existence. I'd like to thank Grahame Austin, the driver of this rig at the time I took this picture, for sending me this information, almost 21 years later!!
Fotocredit: Daniël Bilodeau.
Location: Near Compiegne, France.
Date: Spring 1985.
Truck: Volvo F12 Globetrotter.
Company, homebase: Jos Theys. Belgium.
Remarks: Taken at the A-1 Paris- Belgium. The Volvo is going southbound direction of Paris. We, Daniël Bilodeau, his father, and me, are heading north back to Maastricht. This was my first far away trip, in this case, to Bordeaux, southern France. Daniël and his father were working at the American militairy cemetery in Margraten, nearby Maastricht. The rest of their family were aparantly still living in Bordeaux. After a short vacation, we brought their family back to Bordeaux.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Bergeijk- Lommel.
Date: Summer 1985.
Truck: Scania 112M
Company, homebase: Verstappen. Holland.
Remarks: Clearing customs inbound Holland at an other location
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen highway A-2/E-25.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: No, this is not a large accident. If you look closer you see it's a roadblock of trucks just at the borderline. The Dutch truckers were blocking the most important bordercrossings and highwaycrossings. Only cars were able to pass trough, altought the police closed the highway A-2 on both sides. The roadblock you see on this picture is on the Dutch side of the border.
Picture taken from the highway-bridge in Moelingen, Belgium.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen highway A-2/E-25.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: The reasons for these roadblocks were to earn more money, and better working circumstances. The roadblocks started on Sundayevening. By Mondaymorning every highway-border with Belgium and Germany was blocked. Also every borderroad with facilities for clearing customs were blocked. Around Rotterdam and Amsterdam were many roadblocks. Even every major highway-crossing had a roadblock to. At every roadblock the situation was the same: There was a small way trough the roadblocks for cars. For trucks it was just wait and see...........
At this picture you see some truckers standing in front of their roadblock. The white car belongs to a truckerlady who brought some fresh coffee and sandwiches for the truckers. The moped you see belonged to me...........
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen highway A-2/E-25.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: Some truckers tried to passed trough via the hard shoulder, but that was blocked to. Ofcourse not every Dutch truckers wanted to be a part of a roadblock. Owner-operators, and those who were satisfied with their company, tried to passed trough on one of the other way. Some of them passed the Dutch border via very small roads, and then via Belgium to the main border were they could clear customs. But that was very risky because passing the border without customclearance was not allowed.
Location: Moelingen. Belgium.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: At the old stateborder road, the situation was not better. As you can see here, lot's of trucks were waiting at the moment to continueing their trip into The Netherlands. The village of Moelingen in Belgium was taken over by trucks who waited till the roadblocks were over. Eight days later, on Monday, a judge in The Netherlands forbid the blockings because a free right of transportation of persons and goods must be kept at any time! So the roadblocks were illegal.
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: The "frontline" at the old stateborderroad were these 2 Scania's. A lucky point for the truckers at this road, there was a trucker-restaurant at this border. The truckers at highway A-2 had really nothing. Not even a toilet!
Location: Dutch- Belgian stateborder Eijsden- Moelingen.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: A view on the Dutch side of the border, the mainroad into Eijsden- Withuis. Also here a long queue of waiting trucks who wants to go outbound Holland. Some of these truckers were on strike to, but the rest was just waiting and waiting. The Volvo at the left, owned by a owner-operator, jumped later that day over the border on the illigal way, via a small road. Suddenly he dissapeared, and showed up later on at the other side of the border to clear the customs. The strikers were not amused about that.
Location: Eijsden- Withuis. Holland.
Date: December 1985.
Remarks: The queue on the Dutch side continue's till about one and a half kilometer from the stateborder. Lot's of waiting trucks.
Roadblocks like this are in Holland since December 1985 forbidden, but in France you can bet on it. Every time when the negotiations between the truckingcompanies and the union about their salary and more, end up without agreement: French truckers starting with roadblocks..............A never ending story.
Location: Eijsden. Holland.
Date: December 1985.
Truck: DAF 3300 Spacecab.
Company, homebase: Jac. Besseling. Hem, Holland.
Remarks: This nice looking DAF is also waiting till the end of those roadblocks.
Location: Maastricht- Aachen airport. Holland.
Date: December 1985.
Truck: Kenworth.
Company, homebase: Unknown. Rig registrated in the United Kingdom.
Remarks: And another victim of the Dutch roadblocks. Fortunally, this trucker makes a good decision, and took a plane from Maastricht to London. He could wait at home till the roadblocks were over.
Location: Maastricht- Aachen airport. Holland.
Date: October 1986.
Truck: Scania 142M.
Company, homebase: Van de Wetering. Holland.
Remarks: Taken on the road near the passengerterminal at the airport. Good looking rig.
Location: Eijsden. Holland.
Date: Summer 1987.
Truck: Scania 92M.
Company, homebase: Hubra. Eijsden, Holland.
Remarks: This brand new rig was the replacement of the truck on the first picture on page 1.
Location: Geleen. Holland.
Date: September 1987.
Truck: DAF 2800.
Company, homebase: Frans Beiten. Maastricht, Holland.
Remarks: Finally......With this rig I start my career as a trucker. Under supervision of Karl, the usual driver of this DAF, I drove my first trips around Holland and Belgium. After a couple of weeks, I started my first trip on my own to Market Deeping and Spalding in the United Kingdom. I loaded back for Holland in Milton Keynes. A very heavy storm passed England in those days in October with lot's of damaged. Even some people got killed by this severe storm. I remember that my mother was very happy when I returned safely on my first trip that Saturday!!
Location: On the Northsea between Zeebruges ( Belgium ) and Dover ( UK ).
Date: October 1987.
Remarks: In 1987 there was no tunnel underneath the Englisch Channel. So the only way to travel to the UK by truck was by boat. This picture is taken at my second trip on one of the freighterferrie's of P & O.
Location: Zeebruges. Belgium.
Date: October 1987.
Truck: DAF 3300.
Company, homebase: Frans Beiten. Maastricht, Holland.
Remarks: Clearing customs in the port of Zeebruges, returning from England with a full load for Italy. The trip to Italy was made by the usual driver of this rig. Mr Beiten wanted that I became an England "specialist".
Location: Near Leeds. United Kingdom.
Date: December 1987.
Truck: Mercedes- Benz.
Company, homebase: F Gering. Kerkrade, Holland.
Remarks: After Beiten I moved over to Gering, who transportated upholstered furniture for the Velda furniturefactory. And again most of my trips leads me into the United Kingdom. In 1987, Gering owned about 25 in a awsome beautiful colorsheme painted Volvo's. In the autumn of 1987, he took over some Mercedes's of the Velda itself. So that's why my first rig at Gering was an awfull blue Mercedes. But I didn't care about that. After all, it was the first truck I drove only by myself, instead to drive every week with an other truck.
Location: London. United Kingdom.
Date: Februari 1988.
Truck: Mercedes-Benz.
Company, homebase: F Gering. Kerkrade, Holland.
Remarks: Taken in south-west London. This is how the Velda trucks looked like. However Gering removed the roof-spoiler, and put some Gering-stickers on the rear window.
Location: Gronsveld. Holland.
Date: March 1988.
Truck: Volvo F10
Company, homebase: F Gering. Kerkrade, Holland.
Remarks: I guess I didn't say anything wrong when I said that Gering had beautiful Volvo's! Gering was really crazy about Volvo's and as soon as he could, he replaced the Mercedes's for new Volvo's. I became this beautiful lady because the usual driver became a new Globetrotter.
Location: Dover. United Kingdom.
Date: April 1988.
Remarks: Stucked in the Dover ferryport. Because of a strike of the British seamen of P & O, thousands of trucks got stucked in the port of Dover. Only the P & O route to Ostend ( Belgium ) was open because on these ferries there were Belgian seamen. Usually ferries sailed from Dover to Zeebruges ( Belgium ), Dunkirk, Calais, and Boulogne ( France ). The trucks on this picture are parked were usually the arrivals are parking. Departing trucks are usually parked behind the building you see on the leftside of this lineup. I came in around noon on the Wednesday before Easter. At the P & O bookingoffice they told me they had no idea when my turn was. They wrote me down in the computer, and I should ask the P & O officials in the port, who were walking between the trucks to pick up those, who could go on board, when my turn was. They had a list for 48 hours. At this picture taken on Thursdaymorning you can see that some truckers start playing football. Everyone was boring. Only 2 restaurants, about only 20 toilets, no showerfacilities, only that for thousands of people who were stucked with their cars, busses and trucks. At Friday-afternoon I heard my turn was on Easter-Sunday around noon. That same afternoon at the place next to me, a Belgian trucker parked there, who just arrived from a trip in England. That Friday-evening, this Belgian trucker suddenly drove away, on his way to board the ferry. I woke up my neighbour, a Austrian trucker, I spoken several times. And we decided to follow that Belgian trucker. After al, what he could do, we could do the same............The both of us were the last two who came on board. Thanks to this very illegal action of my Austrian friend and I, I arrived at home at Saturday morning...............
Location: Aalten. Holland.
Date: April 1988.
Truck: Volvo F10.
Company, homebase: F Gering. Kerkrade, Holland.
Remarks: Waiting to be unloaded. This is how it looked like with a trailer.



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