RoadwayUpdate 20 November

20th November 2019

New migrant stowaway case

The latest migrant find on a refrigerated container bound for the UK from the Netherlands highlights how dangerously lax security is.

At least 26 stowaways were found on the Brittania Seaways which has returned to the port of Vlaardingen after crew members made the discovery.  

The incident comes just weeks after the bodies of 39 people were found on a refrigerated lorry trailer in Essex. The victims - who were Vietnamese nationals - had arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.  

Read the full story on RoadwayLive. 


Eye-opening experience this Road Safety Week

Shockingly, 1.5m UK licence holders have never had their eyes tested*. 

Coming together to promote the importance of keeping roads safe with good vision this Road Safety Week is Specsavers and RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett, who was shocked to discover his own personal diagnosis of glaucoma. Now he’s keen to share the importance of regular sight tests with other drivers.

Richard has worn glasses for around seven years and had recently become aware of subtle changes to his vision. While some may regard this as a minor inconvenience, Specsavers were keen to investigate this further during his recent appointment at the Tottenham Court Road store.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive.


Chipping Norton lorry ban

The RHA has attacked “badly thought out” plans to ban lorries from part of the A44 Primary Route at Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire.

County councillors have unanimously approved the idea – claiming that lorries create safety concerns for local residents and that air quality in the town would be improved if lorries were banned.

Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Byles has said Chipping Norton would be “grateful” for the ban – which is yet to come into force.

The A44 is a main trunk road the A44 taking traffic from Oxford through to Worcestershire, it is part of the primary route network and built to take HGV’s.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive.


Lorry drivers quit over lack of toilets

TalkRADIO has covered a report from Unite, showing that 9 in 10 lorry drivers ‘rarely or never had access to toilet facilities during work time’.

This has led a number of hauliers to quit their jobs, and many more to suffer health problems as a result of their lack of access to toilets.

Catch up with RoadwayLive.


Migrant shooting in France

Police in France are investigating a gun battle apparently involving rival groups of migrant smugglers near Poitiers on the A10.

Police were called early on Friday morning when gunshots were exchanged between rival migrant smugglers at a service area at Chatellerault-Usseau – panic reportedly broke out among staff and drivers at the service station – who tipped off Police.

See more on RoadwayLive.


Jail for truckers caught smuggling counterfeit cigarettes

A pair of lorry drivers have been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail, after they were caught attempting to smuggle eight million counterfeit cigarettes through the Port of Dover in boxes disguised as nappies.

It was revealed by HMRC that Aleksander Kazakin, 43, and Pawel Gromek, 50, both from Poland, were had conspired to bring illegal tobacco goods into the UK, without paying the £2,314,441 in duty owed.

Get the full story on RoadwayLive.