Clandestine entrant numbers are on the increase. Road transport companies and their drivers must secure vehicles coming into the UK to stop this from happening.
As a transport company, if you do not secure your vehicle and are found carrying clandestine entrants into the UK you will be issued a civil penalty (or fine).
Fines can be up to £10,000 for every person you carry illegally, and this penalty will apply to everyone responsible for the vehicle - not just the driver.
The owner or vehicle hiree can also be fined. Do not think that just because it's not your own vehicle you won't face a fine.
Minimise the Fine, Be Secure - 15 Ways to Prevent Access to your Vehicle
- Have effective security devices that secure the vehicle, your load and trailer
- Ensure the canopy/curtain of your truck is not torn
- Check that sealing cords are undamaged and pass through all fastening points
Provide a vehicle security checklist to the driver so that there are no doubts as to what they are required to do
- Regularly check that drivers are following the instructions
Check padlocks, seals and tilt cords are secure after loading
- Vehicle (both truck and van) checks should be performed by the driver after each stop, rest period and before entering the UK
- Check the inside of the vehicle & trailer (where applicable)
- Inspect lorry tilts and roofs for damage
- Check external storage compartments for anything suspicious
- Check below the vehicle
- Check the driver’s cab
- Always be vigilant to problems posed by migrants when travelling by ferry and Eurotunnel
Take advantage of any pre-embarkation checks available and obtain written confirmation where possible
- There is no liability if it can be shown that a driver did not know and had no reasonable grounds for suspecting that a clandestine entrant was, or might be, concealed on board his vehicle IF they are operating an effective security system
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