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Safe cargo is sound sleep. Check out the list of guarded car parks in Germany, France, Belgium and Spain and sleep peacefully.

5 March 2019

6 billion Euro per year – -such losses, in accordance with the study of the IRU, are caused by theft of cargo in Europe. Only in the first quarter 2018 TAPA association reported 620 cases of thefts of trucks in the EU, Africa and the Middle East. It is worth noting that the data apply only applies to the affiliated carriers, which means that the number of thefts is in reality much higher. The statistical data shows that the most thefts are reported in Western Europe, where we luck safe places to park. Therefore, check the list of guarded car parks on the most popular Polish routes – in Germany, France, Belgium and Spain.

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British Standards Institution (BSI) has calculated that in 2015 losses due to theft of cargo around the world amounted to almost 22 billion Euro. In Europe, the increase of such cases was recorded in 2015, i.e. since the beginning of the migration crisis. Methods of thieves are very different: from the most sophisticated (use of anaesthetic or numbing gas) to the traditional ones, like quietly cutting the tilts or opening the trailers.

Incidents occur most often at night, in the car parks or tailored stopping places near motorways. Unfortunately, the number of safe car parks in Europe is not enough, so you should take them into account at the planning stage route. To help you, we have prepared a list of guarded car parks where drivers can rest peacefully and not worry about their cargo or health.

GERMANY – GUARDED CAR PARKS FOR TRUCKS

In Germany there are several protected car parks that can be recommended as relatively safe places.

On the popular route Zgorzelec-Saarbrücken there are:

1. TIR car park – Dresden

– number of spots: 40

– fee: yes –

users’ rating: none

2. Gotha in Uelleben (car park of Meyer Reparatur Transportabler GmbH with the possibility of stopping in the weekends).

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 4/5

3. Aral Autohof Bad Hersfeld in Petersberg

– number of spots: 47

– fee: yes –

users’ rating: 3.5/5

4. Autohof Kirchheim in Kirchheim

– number of spots: 118

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 4/5

5. TIR car park in Neu-Isenburg

– number of spots: 65

– fee: no

6. TIR car park in Mörfelden-Walldorf

– number of spots: 75

– fee: yes

7. TIR car park in Homburg

– number of spots: 12

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 5/5

In the direction towards Hamburg you can stop at:

8. TIR car park in Lübbenau/Spreewald

– number of spots: 125

– fee: no

On the road in the direction of Stuttgart and the Swiss border, guarded car parks include:

9. Autohof Himmelkron in Gleisenhof

– number of spots: 54

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

10. Autohof Aurach in Aurach

– number of spots: 150

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

11. Euro Rastpark Crailsheim in Neidenfels

– number of spots: 109

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

12. TIR car park in Ilsfeld

– number of spots: 10

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 4/5

GUARDED CAR PARKS FOR TRUCKS IN FRANCE

In the southern part of the country, we can highlight the following secure car parks for trucks:

1. Aire de Montelimar-est in Allan

– number of spots: 200

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4.5/5

2. TIR car park in Malataverne

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 2/5

3. TIR car park in Laudun-l’Ardoise

– number of spots: 30

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 2/5

4. Truck Etape Beziers – Vinci Autoroutes in Vendres

– number of spots: 350

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 5/5

5. Parking de l’autoport in el Voló

– number of spots: 92

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 2/5

6. TIR car park in Malataverne

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 4.5/5

7. Shell Le Quercy in Labastide-Murat

– number of spots: 98

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 5/5

On the route from Belgium to the Spanish border through Paris and Bordeaux, you can stop at:

8. Centre Routier in La Sentinelle

– number of spots: 400

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4.5/5

9. Aire d’Assevillers Ouest in Assevillers

– number of spots: 150

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 4/5

10. Entrepôts des Maréchaux in La Plaine-Saint-Denis near Paris

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 3/5

11. TIR car park in Chevilly-Larue near Paris

– number of spots: 40

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 3.5/5

12. TIR car park in Noir-Épinay

– number of spots: 21

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 3/5

13. SecuriTpark in Chavagné

– number of spots: 45

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

SAFE CAR PARKS FOR TRUCKS IN BELGIUM

Belgium is a small country, but due to the transit – very important one. Unfortunately, like in many other countries in Europe, it suffers from a lack of safe stopping places. The most important are:

1. VP Park – VP Park in Haute Valise

– number of spots: 7

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

2. Truckstop Trade Port West Venlo – Wegres in Heierhoeve

– number of spots: 107

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

3. Truck Inn Nobis – Truck Inn Nobis in Stegen

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

4. TIR car park in Oeijenbraak

– number of spots: 30

– fee: no

– users’ rating: ⅘

5. TIR car park in Sint-Anna

– number of spots: 30

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 2/5

6. Westkerke in Doornhoek

– number of spots: 100

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 2.5/5

7. TIR car park in Laherie

– number of spots: 40

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 1/5

SPAIN – GUARDED CAR PARKS FOR TRUCKS

On the popular route towards Seville, we find the following guarded car parks for trucks:

1. TIR car park in Irún

– number of spots: 100

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 3.5/5

2. Zaisa Centro de Tranportes de Irun – Zaisa in Béhobie

– fee: no

– users’ rating: ⅖

3. TIR car park in Irun – number of spots: 250

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: ⅖

4. TIR car park in Arragua

– number of spots: 66

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 1/5

5. Centro Intermodal de Transporte y Logística de Vitoria-Gasteiz – CTVI in Lermanda

– number of spots: 205

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 2.5/5

6. Plataforma Multimodal de Alava-Arasur – Arasur in Bayas

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 3/5

7. Centro de Transportes Aduana de Burgos in Villafría de Burgos

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: ⅗

8. Euroshell in Villagonzalo-Pedernales

– fee: no

– users’ rating: ⅖

9. Centro Integrado de Mercancías de Vallad in Valladolid

– number of spots: 97

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 2/5

10. Salamaca in Salamaca

– number of spots: 75

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 1/5

Near Madrid, the following car parks can be recommended:

11. C.T.M. in Puente de Vallecas

– number of spots: 298

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4.5/5

12. TIR car park at M-31 near Madrid

– number of spots: 200

– fee: no

– users’ rating: 4/5

13. TIR car park in Getafe

– number of spots: 200

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4.5/5

14. TIR car park in Pinto

– number of spots: 100

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 4/5

15. TIR car park in Ciempozuelos

– number of spots: 100

– fee: yes

16. Parking near Paseo de la Calderona

– number of spots: 15

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: ⅘

17. Parking in Aranjuez

– number of spots: 50

– fee: yes

– users’ rating: 2/5

GUARDED CAR PARKS FOR TRUCKS IN EUROPE

In the near future, the European Commission plans to spend about 178 million Euro to improve the security and expand the parking infrastructure within the Union. Funding is intended for those entrepreneurs who decide to build parking spaces or modernise the existing one up to SSTPA level (Safe and Secure Truck Park Area – standards for safe car parks for trucks). Europe already has several SSTPA car parks, however these are pilot spaces and – unfortunately – there are no many of those. So far, the most secure car parks are the ones that are guarded. We encourage you to download the TransParking app and check, which places enjoy the trust form drivers.