UK Border Force has published an official checklist for coach operators to help drivers know how to secure their vehicle against unauthorised access. The checklist consists of 25 points that drivers are encouraged to use as a guide when trying to prevent people entering the UK illegally. In 2023 the fines for clandestine entrants increased to £10,000 per clandestine found on the vehicle. Both the operator and the driver can be fined up to £10,000, making the maximum penalty £20,000 per clandestine entrant.
The checklist includes checking that all internal and external storage compartments are locked when not being used. The list also includes checking that all seals, locks or other security devices do not display signs of tampering or damage. Drivers are encouraged to check underneath all seating areas and to check the names of all passengers thoroughly. The checklist can be found here: C:\Users\LeadbeR\AppData\Local\Temp\msoA748.tmp (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Border Force require that accurate records are kept of all measures taken by Operators and by the drivers. The checklist should be used in addition to the Operators’ own extensive procedures to prevent Clandestine entrants illegally entering the UK. Operators can avoid penalties by signing up to the Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme. If a member of the Scheme is found with clandestine entrants on its vehicles, the member may avoid a fine provided that it can be shown that they were operating in accordance with the effective systems they have adopted.