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An Italian lorry driver was left livid after he was fined and his automobile clamped as a result of he couldn’t discover a appropriate place to park throughout a 55-hour border nightmare.

Atonio Soprano was stopped in Kent whereas making an attempt to deliver crops into the nation from Italy, and ended up being held at a government-run facility for greater than two days.

During this time he was not supplied something to eat. He was as an alternative instructed to stroll over a mile to the closest McDonald’s, which resulted in a £185 positive and his automobile being clamped as he struggled to discover a place to park within the early hours of the morning.

EU laws restrict the period of time a HGV driver can go and not using a break and he couldn’t spend the night time at Sevington, so Soprano had no alternative however to hunt refuge within the McDonald’s automotive park as the closest lorry park was already full.

The ordeal started when he was ordered to make the 22-mile drive from Dover to the Sevington border put up in Ashford, Kent for inspection, the place he was instantly left in a ready space with out his keys.

He speaks no English and stated nobody tried to elucidate what was occurring. He informed The Guardian: “They told me to go and eat at a McDonald’s, which was two kilometers away. In the end I found a supermarket but we had no services apart from a toilet.

“I perceive they should do the controls however this behaviour is just not regular, it was a large number. I don’t know why we needed to wait for therefore lengthy. I’ve to go to England for work, I’ve no alternative, however this was not regular.”

Soprano was held as officials were suspicious about 10 Prunus lusitanica plants that could be carrying harmful pests. He arrived at 6:30pm on May 26, but concerns were not raised for hours, which officials put down to health and safety concerns over the plants.

While at Sevington, he had to take an 11-hour rest break, known as a tachi break, which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs blamed for the delay in the initial inspection of his lorry.

Just after 1am on May 29, some 55 hours after Soprano arrived, officials eventually signed off the plants and allowed the lorry to be released. This left the driver searching for a place to sleep, which eventually saw him resort to the McDonald’s car park.

This comes just weeks after it was revealed that some lorry drivers face 20-hour waits at Sevington border control post due to an IT outage that caused staggering delays for perishable items coming into the country.

There have also been repeated warnings from horticultural trade bodies that checking plant products at the border is impractical and border staff are struggling to load and unload lorries.

Vicenzo Marini, the chief executive of Marini, who employs Soprano, called the incident “surreal”, including that post-Brexit checks and customized necessities have made sending items to the UK extra problematic.