As the Calais crisis continues in what is turning out to be an awful summer for international hauliers crossing the channel between England and France we now hear that further efforts are being made between French and UK authorities to help to tackle the issues. However, what troubles us is that the headlines seem to focus on UK Police going to France to help tackle crimes of people smuggling. Is the whole point being missed yet again here?
Lorry Lawyer’s Vikki Woodfine recently helped the BBC in making a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Figures released by the Home Office in response showed that operators and lorry drivers have been issued penalties of more than £4m for being found with migrants in their vehicles; with the number of penalties up more than 50% since last year.