Attacks against drivers, smashed windscreens, migrants clinging to a trailers roof and violent diversions.
Just a selection of incidents in the past few weeks that truck drivers have had to face whilst trying to negotiate the Calais border. The object remains the same, migrants trying to conceal themselves within the vehicle in order to gain entry to the UK but the tactics and methods being employed are becoming increasingly desperate.
Since the migrant crisis intensified in 2013/14, fines issued to hauliers have more than trebled, costing businesses £6.6million in the process. This is before taking in to account the cost of vehicle damage, lost business and wasted loads, where an estimated £1billion of contaminated goods are being discarded every year as a direct result of load infiltration.
However despite the threat of penalties there still remains a disproportionate amount of vehicles travelling through these high risk areas that do not employ adequate security measures or implement clear guidance to drivers so they are aware of exactly what is expected of them.
Hauliers have an obligation to protect their vehicles and their drivers when crossing borders. This includes employing practical measures such as providing driver training and ensuring checklists are provided for the driver to follow and complete. The Civil penalty prevention of clandestine entrants code of practice also states that “When final loading has been completed, the load space must be secured immediately by lock, seal or other security device, which prevents unauthorised entry.” Failure to follow such advice would lead to fines in the event of clandestine entry.
Maple’s Vehicle Security Guide offers further advice and guidance to operators, which can be downloaded from www.maplefleetservices.co.uk
PROTECTING YOUR VEHICLE
Where protecting vehicles against clandestine entry, prevention is the salient issue. The security employed should be appropriate to the vehicle itself and the goods being carried
There are a wide range of engineered solutions available, offering differing levels of security and flexibility. Considerations include manual or automatic locking (slamlock), internal or external based locking system and access control, i.e are locks controlled by key, transponder or PIN number and who has access to which vehicles.
For some operators, basic exterior mounted, physically robust locks are appropriate, such as the BDL manual locking system, which provides a good barrier against attack and of course a significant visual deterrent. Whilst for other carriers load integrity is vital, integrated automatic lock and seals with audit trail and remote lockdown capabilities (such as Maples’ Freightlock IQ) offer this enhanced sophistication.
For more information on how you can protect your vehicles against clandestine entry and the threat of potential fines, visit www.maplefleetservices.co.uk or contact them directly for a working demonstration by calling: 0161 429 1580 or email: email@example.com