Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Freight Association Warns Road Haulage Operators to Lock Up

BIFA Supports UKBA and SOCA Campaign
Shipping News Feature

UK – The British International Freight Association is calling on members of the UK’s road haulage to pay close attention to a campaign being launched this summer by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – “Keep it locked!"

According to the UKBA it is estimated that criminals who steal lorry loads cost the economy about £250m per year. Coupled with the constant threat of illegal immigration whilst returning from the continent, drivers and haulage companies need to remain vigilant.

A new leaflet - titled 'Lorry Crime Prevention' - aimed at drivers has been produced to remind them to get into the habit of making sure that trailers doors and panniers are locked to make their vehicle less of a target for criminals and stowaways.

An unsecured vehicle provides a tempting opportunity for would-be criminals who only need a few minutes to break in and steal high-end goods or people to hide and gain illegal entry into the UK.

The UK Border Agency actively encourages all drivers and haulage companies to make an adequate checklist of their vehicle and load before entering the UK Border.

Those who fail to provide adequate checks can face a penalty of up to £2,000 per person found.

It is important that drivers make sure their loads are locked and if possible always park in a designated lorry safe zone to prevent crime and illegal immigration.

(pic: A fine of nightmares!)