Border Force finds 51 stowaways in Hungarian HGV

A Home Office spokeswoman said Border Force officers conducted a “proactive search” of a Hungarian-registered HGV, which had arrived on a freight vessel at Humber Sea Terminal in Killingholme on Sunday morning (14 June).

Inside they found 51 stowaways from Albania, with one believed to be pregnant, who was taken to hospital.

The spokeswoman said: “The driver, a Hungarian national, has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.”

Then on 16 June, Cambridgeshire police stopped a French-registered lorry on the A1 northbound near to the junction with the B1081 near Stamford and found 27 people inside.

All were arrested for immigration offences and the 54-year-old driver from Dover was arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful entry to the UK.

A police spokesman said: “Five of those detained have been taken to Peterborough City Hospital believed to be suffering from dehydration – none are believed to be seriously ill.

“We are currently establishing the nationality and age of all those detained and liaising with the Immigration Enforcement Service.”

The East of England Ambulance Service said it sent three ambulances, four officers and a hazardous area response team to assist 25 patients.

On 4 June Border Force officers intercepted 68 migrants in four lorries at Harwich port. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said 15 had already been deported.

He added: “All four drivers of the lorries involved were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. They have been bailed but remain under investigation by law enforcement bodies, including the National Crime Agency.”

O-licence revoked for lack of Driver CPC and maintenance issues

An operator that allowed a driver to drive HGVs without a valid Driver CPC has been stripped of its O-licence, while its transport manager’s repute was “severely tarnished” for failing to perform his duties.Sheffield-based Todwick Haulage had its O-licence revoked by deputy traffic commissioner (TC) Fiona Harrington in a public inquiry in Leeds last month, after a driver was fined for not having completed the required periodic training.

Connecting trucks to workshops can cut downtime by 80% - Volvo

Volvo Trucks believes incidents of unplanned downtime can be cut by 80 per cent through increased online connectivity with trucks, following a study it conducted into the issue.In order to increase knowledge on how to help haulage companies boost their uptime, Volvo recently conducted a comprehensive survey based on real-life user data from 3,500 Volvo trucks gathered over a five-year period.

HGV road user levy revenue is revised up

The HGV road user levy has raised slightly more than originally thought during its first year of operation, with foreign-registered vehicles paying £46.5m to use UK roads.

Out now: Commercial Motor 18 June issue

Should transport managers undergo compulsory periodic trainnig to retain their professional CPC status? This week's Commercial Motor, out now, explores the debate that's got the industry in two minds.Also in this week's issue:

60-second interview: Paul Avery, MD Schmitz Cargobull

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