Wednesday, 8 June 2016

RHA: Review of civil penalty regime for transporting illegals . . .


Review of civil penalty regime for transporting illegals

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The government has published a consultation about modernising the civil penalty system related to transporting clandestines so that hauliers are encouraged to secure their vehicles more effectively.

Under Section 32 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, those responsible for bringing clandestine entrants (illegal migrants hiding in their vehicles) to the UK may be liable for a civil penalty. You can find out more about the current penalty levels here.

The regime has not changed since the codes of practice on preventing clandestine entrants, and the guidance on security measures were introduced in 2004, and so the consultation seeks views on whether industry can do more to mitigate the risk of clandestine entry to the UK.

The RHA supports the government’s plans outlined in the consultation to relaunch the existing accreditation scheme and we also welcome proposals to update the existing code of practice.

The RHA will be submitting views but we also encourage members involved in international haulage to respond to the consultation directly. A response form is provided at the end of the document and responses can be sent by email here before the 18 April deadline, or can be sent by post to: Home Office Clandestine Civil Penalty Consultation, Border and Visa policy, 3rd Floor Seacole, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

You can find the consultation here.

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