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Driver Buddy helps protect drivers against immigrants

Nov 23, 2015
The recently launched Driver Buddy System helps protect HGV drivers from being prosecuted for unknowingly transporting illegal immigrants.
It also helps to foil many immigrants’ efforts to illegally enter a country by hiding in a lorry or trailer. 
The system uses motion cameras and CO2 detection and allows drivers to monitor their truck in situ and remotely through an App. A driver can view all cameras on-board and underneath the truck and any clandestine passengers aboard can also be detected via increased C02 level monitoring and the driver will be silently alerted. Drivers are also able to provide real time photographic records of their statutory security checks and this is instantly logged onto a secure server. Using GPS tagging, the app records location, time, date and the driver’s identification. This can then be later produced to border security personnel when required. 
Dobbs Logistics, based in East Sussex, is trialling the system.  Steve Morgan, MD, said the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. He said: “It’s bombproof photographic and real-time evidence that the checks have been carried out. We can see what checks have been done, at what time and the exact spot they were carried out. It’s no comparison to manual forms that drivers fill out at present – they are not worth the paper they are written on.” 
The Driver Buddy System has the backing of Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke, whose community has been at the sharp end of a flood of illegal migrants. Mr Elphicke said: “Driver Buddy is a fantastic system and app. It has great potential to help drivers detect stowaways trying to clamber aboard their vehicles and make Britain’s borders as safe and secure as possible.” 
The Driver Buddy App also has the backing of top lawyers, who have the job of defending the lorry drivers. Top criminal lawyer, Justin Rivett of leading criminal law firm Warren’s Law said: “This app and associated Driver Buddy System will go a long way towards providing robust defence evidence for an accused driver.” 
Driver Buddy System is the brainchild of Barry Southon, a leading security expert with a distinguished career that has seen him working with the US Military and the Home Office.   Barry said: “Driver Buddy has been two years in development and the end product is exceptional. It won’t stop migrants climbing aboard but it will protect our men from fines and prosecution.” 
Costs range from £200 per driver per year for the app.

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Photo: Drive Buddy in operation.

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