Preventing Clandestine Entry

Preventing Clandestine Entry

Follow the 10 steps below to avoid penalties, of £2,000 per clandestine entrant carried.
Before you start your journey:

1. Obtain written instructions on vehicle security and a checklist from your employer

2. If possible, watch the vehicle being loaded to ensure that no unauthorised persons enter the vehicle

3. Check the fabric of the vehicle (bodywork/canvas) and note any damage on the check list

Immediately after loading:

4. Secure the vehicle

For hard-sided vehicles:

  • Lock the integral doors and secure with a padlock

For soft-sided vehicles:

  • Lock the integral doors and secure with a padlock
  • Apply a good quality tilt cord, secured with a robust padlock or a unique seal Note the seal number on the checklist or CMR

5. Check the panniers, secure with locks where possible. Check the wind deflector and axles

During your journey after each stop:

6. Check the fabric, roof and security of the vehicle

  • Physically pull the security devices to check they are intact
  • Check the panniers, wind deflector and axles
  • Is there any damage?
  • Have the security devices been tampered with?

7. If there is evidence of damage or tampering or unauthorised access, check the load space and re-apply security devices

Before you enter the UK Control Zones or embark for the UK:

8. Repeat steps 6-7

9. If it was not possible to secure your vehicle, conduct a thorough manual check of the load and load space

10. Record the checks made on the check list at loading, after every stop and before entering the UK Control Zone or embarking for the UK


  • Be careful and alert
  • Carry spare security devices and checklists
  • Keep written instructions and checklist in the cab and record checks made on the checklist
  • Alert the local authorities / UK Border Agency / police if you suspect someone has entered your vehicle without your permission