Freight operators should join Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme26 January 2016

The FTA (Freight Transport Association) is urging freight operators trunking in and out of continental Europe to consider joining the voluntary Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme.

FTA EU affairs manager Chris Yarsley says it’s all about helping to protect themselves and their drivers against fines should illegal migrants be found on-board their trucks.

Introduced by Border Force in 2015, the scheme reduces haulage companies’ risk of receiving fines by ensuring that they have effective systems in place to reduce the risk of migrants hiding in their trucks.

“This is the best way of protecting themselves and their drivers from financial penalties if migrants should be found on-board their vehicles,” insists Yarsley.

“With continued scenes of migrants targeting UK bound trucks in Calais, we are encouraging all freight and logistics companies operating vehicles through the port to take every security measure available to them,” he adds.

As of today (26January 2016), new branding is available for operators in the scheme, with an accreditation mark for their trucks, and internal and external documents to highlight membership.

“FTA is engaged with the European Commission as it seeks to develop guidance for drivers across the EU, and this Border Force-led scheme is a good template that we will be promoting,” says Yarsley.

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Brian Tinham

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