TrailerLock holds the universal key for the safety of the refrigerated trailer and the sea container
According to a report from the Ministry of Transport of February 18e, 2021, recent trends in road freight have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. In 2020, heavy goods vehicles made 3.2 million trips from Great Britain to Europe, down 6% from the previous year.
However, out of those 3.2 million, the report highlights a significant increase in unaccompanied trailer traffic to over one million – 42% to the Netherlands and 28% to Ireland – and as such , the risk of theft and attempts to stow away in unsecured trailers is increased.
To help operators tackle this issue, TrailerLock has introduced a new universal key for their fridge and sea container trailer door locks, which means any driver can access any trailer using it. a common key. All operators have to do is hide the key under the trailer (and notify their shipping counterpart as such) or post a key in advance – or to be doubly sure. , to do both.
Made of solid steel, simple to use and resistant to bolt cutters and iron bars, FridgeLock is expandable and will fit most types of surface mounted door furniture, especially for trailers and temperature containers. controlled.
A cylinder lock, protected by a coated steel cap, only needs a half turn to open the two sections of the device, which is then adjusted lengthwise and tightened on each of the vertical rods of the door .
In addition to protecting the load of the vehicle itself, FridgeLock protects drivers and continental operators by reducing the possibility of border force penalties, which can reach tens of thousands of pounds.
The lock is also ideal for domestic traffic, especially when vehicles are parked overnight.
Currently, ‘civil penalties for illegal entrants’ are £ 4,000 per illegal entry – £ 2,000 payable by driver and £ 2,000 payable by carrier. In the absence of payment of these penalties, the vehicle may be seized and retained until payment. If the penalty is not paid at all, the vehicle can be destroyed.
Simon Clarke of Smith Bowyer Clarke, road transport lawyers, further explains:
“We have about 10 new instructions a week where carriers are looking to appeal against the imposition of penalties for illegal entrants reaching tens of thousands of pounds. In some cases, having to pay these penalties would bankrupt the business. We are used to dealing with penalties in the range of £ 20,000 to £ 40,000; we have just closed a case in which a carrier fined him £ 68,000, reduced by us on appeal to £ 20,000.
According to continental operator Tarrant International, FridgeLock has proven to be efficient and easy to use in its fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles.
“Fast, solid and simple,” says manager Fergal Tarrant. “We also use other locks but this one gets the job done.”
Regarding the potential dangers of trailer break-ins, Simon Clarke adds,
“Drivers can be vigilant when checking their vehicles; however, thousands of illegal immigrants hide inside trucks heading for the UK every year. While Border Force has accepted that a driver and transporter have no idea the illegal immigrants were inside the truck, penalties will be imposed. One of the best ways to avoid this is to secure the doors of a trailer with a heavy-duty lock that cannot be disarmed.