British HGV fleets rush to install CCTV cameras due to growing problem of illegal immigrants

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Sales of CCTV cameras installed on British HGV fleets have increased by an impressive 20 percent due to the growing problem of illegal migrants trying to board the trucks in Calas, a recent news report has been able to reveal.

Haulage companies are having to equip their lorries with 360 degree CCTV systems and sensors on cab and rear doors in order to avoid £2,000 fines for every illegal stowaway brought into the UK. Fines can have a significantly negative effect on businesses, with £12.4m being handed out to HGV operators caught with illegal stowaways in the past six years.

Kevin Hopper, Managing Director for Hauliers Brian Yeardley Continental, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said: “Our trucks spend 90% of their time in Europe – mainly Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. We constantly try to ensure our drivers’ safety and welfare is protected and stowaways are prevented from getting on board.

“Our drivers are often away for up to eight weeks at a time and it gives me peace of mind knowing that when they are parked up, the cameras are there to help protect them from stowaways and thieves.”

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