Nineteenth Post

Truck rear trailer and shipping container locking gear handle security:



We have officially launched our MkSC cover plate on 5 March 2021 which is designed for shipping container and truck rear trailer locking gear opening handles.



Go to our dedicated shipping container and trailer door page to view our animated demonstrations.



"Please be aware this is not a replacement for the Lock Box which is the standard security housing for the main doors and does not provide protection to the opening handles"



Security devices associated with the locking gear handles of shipping container or truck trailer rear doors will involve some type of key to barrel locking mechanisms these regardless of the price paid or security rating level will be subject to extreme weather conditions and it is recommended by manufacturers that the owner or driver should undertake ongoing maintenance schedules to keep the devices functional otherwise failure due to rusting, seizing freezing due to ingress of water would result in the locking mechanism being unable to open. "resulting in no access to the goods in storage!"



Some of us would automatically reach for the WD-40 in this type of emergency, which will most likely work "but will leave the lock more vulnerable to further seizing once opened!"



As you may not be aware WD-40 is not a true lubricant, it is a water and oil displacing solvent, which means it will remove any lube already in the lock, leaving it dry and more susceptible to further seizing. As well as this, using WD-40 in your lock can also lead to the collection of dust and grime causing the lock pins to seize again from contamination.



Instead best practice would be to keep a can of ABUS pflege-spray PS 88 which is a lubricant spray especially for padlocks and door locks, It succeeds where WD40 fails.



This lubricant will help protect against the extreme weather conditions will lubricate the mechanism to protect against frost and ice and also eliminate squeaking "this is my own point of view and is not regarded as advice in any way"



Cumbersome security devices for locking gear handles in most cases cannot be easily stored away due to weight size or no adequate storage fixing points, our cover plates however are made to be

stored internally on the shipping container or trailer door using the same M10 bolts used to secure the base plates to the door "externally".



Our method of installation and optional storage inside the container allows for the easy transfer from unsecured to secure shipping/trailer container and also quick handover from one driver to the next continuously throughout the freight journey to the customers final destination point.



Fitting our cover plates is made simple as we have incorporating a 17 mm spanner profile cut-out on the hasp midpoint section thereby the driver can use the hasp as a spanner to remover the cover plate and secure it to the external side of the door."no further tools required"



Securing the hasp to the door handle retainer on the shipping/trailer container door is made easy as the hasp specific design allows it to slide up or down the rear side of the cover plates allowing for easy fitting to the majority of door handle retainers in the market."we of course recommend you contact us with your specific dimensions before purchase"



Shackles of padlocks come in various sizes as such we have made the access holes on our hasp suitable for standard shipping container and freight trailer door dimensions.



Choosing your padlock is made easy as we have a reliable source for your padlock requirements at Doorfit Products Ltd founded in 1953 they specialise in supplying high quality products in the areas of architectural hardware and security fitting they also offer excellent advice at there store in Birmingham.



None UK drivers can purchase their own padlocks in their own country thereby reducing possible import taxes in the UK also meeting the requirements and advice given to them by their insurance provider or company.


Multiple drop off points and driver trailer switch overs is another benefit of utilising our cover plates as our locking gear and door handle retainer assembly cover plates allows for easy padlock switch overs for your logistical freight services and accompanied driver operations so that you have a continues switch over from driver to driver from the origin of the freight to the final destination.



Secure your vehicle to stop illegal immigration "ADVICE FROM GOV.UK."


Border controls stowaways and fines imposed for not preventing stowaways."these fines and relevant paper work can have a dramatic impact on your business running cost"



If just one driver was unaware that is load was carrying stowaways and was subsequently levied with a fine the cost of implementing our cover plates which can be reused by the company or the driver as many times as required and as such would eventually pay for itself within a short period of time is a far better option than not having no protection whatsoever!



Published 7 February 2014


Last updated 16 January 2020



Road transport companies and their drivers must secure vehicles coming into the UK to stop ‘clandestine entrants’. A clandestine entrant is a person who hides in or on a vehicle to avoid going through UK border control.


If you don’t secure your vehicle, and you’re found carrying clandestine entrants into the UK, you’ll get a fine. "also known as a "civil penalty."



You face a fine of up to £2,000 for each clandestine entrant you carry.



  • The vehicle’s driver, owner or hirer can be fined

  • The law applies to all arrivals into the UK, including from European sea ports and on the Euro tunnel Shuttle



Secure your vehicle



  • Is your road haulage vehicle secure when you travel to and from the UK

  • You and your driver can be fined if don’t have an effective system to secure your vehicle, or if it isn’t used properly



For your company, an effective system includes:



  • written instructions for drivers on how to use the system

  • robust security devices to effectively secure the vehicle, load and load space

  • training for drivers on how to use the system and security devices

  • giving vehicle security checklists

  • checking that drivers are following the instructions



For your drivers, an effective system includes:



  • security devices "eg a padlock, seals and tilt cord" to secure vehicles after loading

  • checking the security devices and vehicle thoroughly after each stop and before entering the UK



Your drivers should read the guide on ‘How to avoid a penalty:



  • 10 steps to an effective system for drivers

  • If someone hides in your vehicle

  • Your drivers should contact the police if they suspect that someone is hiding in a vehicle



Before departing for the UK



  • Your drivers must not go through UK border control, or board transport to the UK, if they suspect there’s someone hiding in the vehicle they’re driving

  • They should contact the police in the country they’re in or speak to border control at the port where they plan to board. They can also contact Border Force at the port where they plan to arrive



After arriving in the UK



  • Drivers shouldn’t approach anyone hiding in a vehicle. They should stay in the cab of the vehicle and contact the local police

  • The police will take the driver’s details and your company’s details, and tell Border Force about the clandestine entrants

  • You and your driver may get letters from the clandestine entrant civil penalty team, which is part of Border Force, asking for information about the security system in place on that day

  • Your information will be used to help decide who will be fined, and by how much. For examples of how this is decided, read the "Level of penalty code of practice"



At UK border control



  • Your driver may be interviewed about the security system they’re using if clandestine entrants are found in your vehicle at UK border control, at a port in the UK or anywhere in Europe

  • They can refuse to be interviewed and leave at any stage, but it’s in their interest to give as much information as they can

  • Your company and the vehicle’s owner or hirer may also be asked for information

  • Your information will be used to help decide who will be fined, and by how much

  • If you get a fine You’ll get a form ‘Form IS11’ showing the amount of the fine. You must pay it within 60 days of the form’s issue date



Object to a fine



  • You have the right to object to a fine

  • You must do this within 28 days. "Form IS11’" explains how to object

  • You can also read the guidance on objections and appeals



Appeal against a fine



  • You have the right to appeal against a fine to a country court. You must do this within 28 days

  • Secure your vehicle to help stop illegal immigration GOV.UK 07/03/2021, 11 58

  • the issue date on your ‘Form IS11’ if you didn’t object to the fine the date your objection is decided if you objected to the fine

  • Use ‘Form N161



How to pay your fine



  • You can read the guidance notes on how to pay your fine

  • If your vehicle is detained

  • Your vehicle may be detained because of unpaid fines



concern that you won’t pay a fine on time.



  • If your vehicle is detained, you should email the clandestine entrant civil penalty team straight away

  • Your vehicle will only be released when all outstanding fines have been paid, plus the costs of the detention



How you can reduce fines



  • You can join an accreditation scheme to help reduce your fines

  • To qualify, you must have an effective security system for your vehicles. You must also make sure the system is used properly. This includes training and checking drivers

  • Companies in the scheme must continue to meet all the requirements to avoid being fined

  • Individual drivers can’t join the scheme. They can still be fined if their employer is in the scheme

  • You can apply for the accreditation scheme using the application form

  • Contact the clandestine entrant civil penalty team "CECPT"

  • You can contact the CECPT to get information about fines and the accreditation scheme for companies

  • Email: BF.CECPT@homeoffice.gov.uk Telephone: 00 44 01303 299 298


I am sure you have read and understand the full understanding of the law and how it effects the company and the driver and would take a detail look at your own security features to prevent having to go through the aforementioned rules and procedures, but fundamentally it is up to you and your drivers to provide the border control to your own logistics freight forwarding. "this is my own point of view and is not regarded as advice in any way"



There is also health and safety benefits and possible lock down prevention with incorporating our cover plates to any logistics freight forwarding company as preventing covid transmissions amongst drivers from key sharing or sharing security devices that may or may not be easy to keep clean, our cover plates does not require a key and unlike other locking gear handles security devices our product is a flat preformed folded shape that is easy to clean.



Our product offers value for money in regards to security and long term logistic running costs for both company and driver as the base plates could be purchased by the company to retrofit onto their shipping container or trailers doors leaving the driver the choice to purchase his own personal cover plates from us independently.



The reason for this is that as with accompanied driver logistics services the security device would be purchased individually if purchased at all by the logistics or driver which would in most cases be unpractical for both parties so we have separated this issue providing each party to implement their own individual security measures as long as the logistics as installed a base plate then the driver would be allowed to install the cover plate for his or her journey.



Regarding our shipping container rental services we have many high street independent shop owners perhaps looking to shipping container storage facilities for their stock goods or services to provide their services on-line.



These new customers will come from having a secure bricks and mortar operation and may feel less secure having their entire livelihoods stored in a field with just one Lock Box and padlock! by offering our cover plate as an optional add on to your current shipping container security feature could steer more customers your way.



Another feature benefit is that you can charge a monthly fee for providing the cover plate as an add on feature which will eventually pay for the cost of the cover plate and continue to provide long term ongoing profits for as long as you maintain the shipping container and cover plate.



Feature benefit if you run a shipping container rental service and have a customer that cannot or will not pay! simple solution would be to first install a base plate on all your shipping containers then simply put our cover plate on that particular customers shipping container unit with a simple message. "please pay to regain access"



We are happy to assist you with your purchase so If you are a logistics operator providing accompanied driver services, shipping container storage facilitator, owner of a shipping container or an independent truck driver looking for a simply solution to protect your goods in transit give us a call we can arrange a package for your needs.



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