R Keith Price Haulage adds a Renault mixer to its fleet

R Keith Price Haulage has taken delivery of its first Renault, a Range C380 6x4 with Day Cab and 7m McPhee mixer drum.

The North Powys-based family-run firm had previously run DAFs, but Keith Price made the move to Renault after an online conversation with Stephen Whitehead, MD of Border Trucks, some 200 miles away.

“I’d been following and admiring the vehicles on Border Trucks’ Facebook page and saw other people buying them and I was impressed,” said owner driver Keith Price. “I started chatting with Stephen and he was extremely responsive to queries and ultimately helped to arrange everything, including the finance package. From the first enquiry through to the delivery of the vehicle, Border Trucks made the process flawless.”

The truck, which joins two other mixers working with TG Concrete, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group, is being used to move concrete to builders, construction sites and farms across Mid and West Wales. It has been well spec’d, and features include light bars, reversing camera and LED reversing lights, four-point cab air suspension with ride-height control system, and air conditioning.

It was supplied on a five-year, 50,000km per annum R&M contract, and will be maintained by Perry’s of Gobowen.

Legal advice for stowaway problems on the rise

Road transport solicitors Smith Bowyer Clarke (SBC) said it was dealing with 10 cases per week where hauliers were seeking legal advice after receiving fines for stowaways inside their vehicles. It came as vehicle security firm TrailerLock warned that attempts to stowaway inside unsecure trailers had increased due to the significant rise in unaccompanied freight amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Simon Clarke, SBC solicitor said: “We have around 10 new instructions per week where hauliers are seeking to appeal against the imposition of penalties for clandestine entrants running into the tens of thousands of pounds. In some cases, having to pay these penalties would mean the company going out of business. “We are well used to dealing with penalties in the range of £20,000 to £40,000; we have just closed one case where a haulier had imposed against him a £68,000 penalty, reduced by us on appeal to £20,000.”

Clarke added: “Drivers may be vigilant in checking their vehicles; however, thousands of illegal immigrants hide inside trucks heading for the UK each year. Despite Border Force accepting that a driver and haulier have no idea that the illegal immigrants were inside the truck, penalties will be imposed. One of the best ways to prevent this is by securing the doors of a trailer with a robust lock that cannot be disarmed.”

TrailerLock said over one million trailers travelling between GB to Europe were now classed as unaccompanied and the risk of clandestine entrants had risen as a result.