The Road Haulage Association is concerned about reports that criminals are ‘gassing’ lorry drivers before stealing goods from their trucks.
In one incident a haulier was parked overnight on an industrial estate in the West Midlands and woke up the next morning to find that thieves had slashed the curtain on one side of the lorry and stolen cargo valued at thousands of pounds.
The driver had been ‘gassed’ in his sleep and remained unconscious throughout the incident. He was taken to hospital for tests before being released.
There have also been a number of incidents in South Yorkshire where criminals have used similar methods to target drivers before stealing goods.
The RHA urges hauliers to remain vigilant and do all they can to keep themselves safe especially when they have no choice but to take their daily or weekly rest breaks in secluded spots and laybys.
Gassing was a feature of French thieves until a few years ago when HGVs used mostly RN roads to avoid hefty tolls and it was also done to British holidaymakers in tourers and with caravans so they were advised to only use designated rest areas or secure overnight stopping sites.