Road transport companies and their drivers must secure vehicles coming into the UK to stop 'clandestine entrants'.
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 £2,000 for every person you carry and the driver. The owner or vehicle hiree can 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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