RHA: Fines for carrying illegal migrants are outdated

Written by Ellie

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling on the government to address serious concerns raised by its members surrounding fines for hauliers found to be carrying illegal migrants in their vehicles.

New Home Office figures show a 12 per cent increase in the number of fines being handed out to members of the logistics sector across the UK during the last 12 months.

Responding to this rise, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett commented: "The situation has now escalated to the point where the frustration on the part of migrants and the ever-increasing number of violent attacks has reached the stage where the divers themselves are, in effect, having to police their own vehicles to establish if a migrant incursion has occurred. This cannot be right."

He argued that the Clandestine Civil Penalty scheme, introduced in 1999, is no longer fit for purpose; it was implemented at a time when migrant numbers attempting to enter the UK were much lower.

As such, the RHA is calling on the government to undergo a drastic rethink of its existing legislation and the penalties for operators that are daily faced with potentially thousands of people illegally attempting to enter the country aboard their vehicles.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Times have changed and UK hauliers need increased support from the government over the continuing issue of illegal migrants."

Posted on 27th June 2017

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