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If we know one thing about criminals, it is the fact that they will always be creative enough to find a way around the law. For example, take the case of the LGV driver who was recently arrested on suspicion of transporting illegal drugs within the framework of his ice cream lorry. The Dutch driver has been bailed for three months while authorities continue investigating the incident.

News reports say the lorry was stopped at the Port of Dover’s eastern docks when police decided to use sniffer dogs to conduct what should have been a routine investigation. It ended up being anything but routine. Upon alert from the dogs, police conducted a more thorough investigation, which turned up an estimated £7 million worth of cocaine and heroin.

Authorities at the Port of Dover use a variety of means to search for contraband among vehicles entering and exiting the area. They are looking for everything from drugs to illegal tobacco to firearms. Moreover, when they do find contraband, it is usual for them to find it in large quantities as shippers try to move their illegal goods in and out of the UK through the Port of Dover.

At the end of the day, the Dutch driver is facing the reality that an LGV licence is not a licence to run drugs. If the investigation reveals he was knowingly involved in the transport of illegal substances, he could face serious charges and eventual jail time. His impounded lorry may never be returned to the individual or company that owns it.

The Rare Exception

We are happy to be able to say that the Dutch driver involved in the drug running operation is the exception to the rule. The vast majority of HGV and LGV drivers are responsible individuals who do their jobs safely and in accordance with the law. As such, they play a crucial role in keeping the UK economy moving forward. Without the army of responsible commercial drivers now working the roads, we would not enjoy the abundance of cheap consumer goods readily available throughout Europe.

If you have been thinking about earning your licence to become a professional driver, now is an excellent time to do so. Both the transport and haulage industries are desperately in need of younger drivers to replace their older counterparts who are retiring. New jobs are also being added as the economy gradually expands.

Becoming an HGV or LGV driver offers you the opportunity to embark on a career that could support you for the rest of your life. The industry offers plenty of job stability regardless of the type of vehicle you are interested in driving. To that end, we can train you to drive HGVs, LGVs, buses and coaches, tipper trucks, vans, heavy construction equipment, and more. We even offer training and certification for forklift truck operators. Call us today to start your training at one of our 45 facilities around the UK.

Sources:

  1. Breaking News – https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/uk-border-force-find-7m-worth-drugs-in-ice-cream-lorry-664587.html

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