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Transport bill approval sparks truck fury in Greece

Transport bill approval sparks truck fury in Greece
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Greece has approved a law to open up the country’s road freight sector to outside competition.

There were angry scenes in Athens after news of the vote filtered through to protesters in front of the capital’s parliament.

Sporadic violence broke out between riot police and some 200 truck drivers, who attempted to storm the chamber. A final vote is expected to pass easily later today.

Despite the opposition taking place only a few metres away outside, more than 80 members out of 99 voted for the bill.

The new legislation will mean major reform of Greece’s tightly regulated trucking sector, which has not seen any new licences issued for nearly 40 years.

But, there was an immediate response from drivers who have been protesting for almost two weeks, with many blocking major roads into Athens.

The government has vowed to hire private firms to transport goods if the stoppages continue.