Irish hauliers fined €300k for migrant stowaways

Truckers ‘treated like criminals’ by Britain’s Border Force at Calais

One company is facing a fine of almost €90,000 after 16 migrants were found in a trailer. Others face penalties after between two and five stowaways were located in their vehicles.

Company owners say they are worried about the futures of their businesses as growing numbers of drivers refuse to travel through the Channel Tunnel at Calais.

Last week, industry representatives travelled to Brussels to seek support for the easing a piece of UK legislation that fines drivers and hauliers £2,000 (€2,700) for each migrant that is found on their trucks.

Verona Murphy, the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), said: “There is just nothing we can do, we are securing our property and our trailers but the migrants are well able to infiltrate.

“We feel we shouldn’t be fined because a secure area should be a secure area, so it’s not our fault.”

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