Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Freight Group Sells CO2 Migrant Detector to Aid Road Haulage Drivers

Portable Device Has Global Tracking and Warns of Intruders
Shipping News Feature

UK – EUROPE – Since the start of the crackdown on migrants being smuggled into Britain aboard trucks bearing imports into the country many road haulage drivers and operators have received draconian financial penalties for carrying the illicit, live cargo. In the past year there have been 11,000 cases of lorries being stopped by the UK Border Force and found to be carrying migrants. Fines for drivers are up to £2,000 per stowaway and from the last figures we have, 915 drivers were fined in a year, with the penalties dependent on the amount of collusion or inattention as gauged by the authorities. Now a new device is available from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to measure CO2 levels in a trailer.

Whilst a check beneath the vehicle can be made reasonably easily by a diligent driver, people hiding within a loaded trailer can be much harder to locate. Now a mere £299 (£199 to FTA members) buys a state-of-the-art detector which picks up CO2 emissions within a 40 foot range and can send text or email alerts to the driver or transport manager and the manufacturer’s monitoring service using a roaming SIM. Settings can be adjusted according to the cargo, so fruit and vegetables that themselves emit CO2 do not cause false alarms.

The device also has worldwide tracking and is integrated with Google Street Maps, is fully portable and can be moved from vehicle to vehicle. It has a battery life of between two and four months and also requires an £11.99 monthly subscription. Full details can be seen on the FTA Shop site. James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the FTA, said:

“Anything that makes it safer for drivers to do their job is to be welcomed. This sensor removes the need for them to check their own trucks, something that puts them in serious danger in Calais where there are thousands of migrants milling around. The FTA has a checklist on its website to advise drivers what action to take when using the French port. We recommend always going through the checks and sensors, even if it takes a bit longer, to avoid hefty fines if migrants are found on board.”