Truckers warning about gassing

Truck drivers are being urged to take extra precautions when they park up, following a series of 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 Road Haulage Association is urging 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.

Michael Dalton
Michael Dalton
Michael graduated from university in 2016 with a degree in Human, Social, and Political Sciences, and is a former contributor to The Truck Expert.

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