Backhouse Jones launches “clandestine entrant” package for operators

Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK: Transport law firm Backhouse Jones has a new product to help operators reduce the financial impact of clandestine entrants on their business.

Backhouse Jones points out that the financial ramifications for operators found with illegal immigrants on board their vehicles can be severe. If just one clandestine entrant is found on a vehicle, both the operator and the driver can each be fined up to £2,000 (a total of £4,000 per clandestine), regardless of whether the operator/driver knew that they were on the vehicle. As the fine is per clandestine entrant, if more than one is found, the fines can quickly add up.

Border Force has a Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme for operators that are able to demonstrate that they have an effective system in place for preventing clandestine entrants. If a member of the scheme is found with clandestine entrants on its vehicles, the member may avoid a fine, provided that it can be shown that they were operating in accordance with the effective systems they have adopted.

Backhouse Jones is now offering a package to help operators to become accredited to the scheme.

“Becoming accredited will not only assist operators in reducing the potential for clandestine entrants to be found on a vehicle but also increase the protection for drivers operating the vehicles cross borders,” says Backhouse Jones. “In the event that clandestine entrants are found on their vehicles whilst operating within the accredited scheme, the exposure to potential fines being imposed by Border Force is substantially reduced.

As part of the package, Backhouse Jones will review the operator’s current systems to prevent clandestine entrants, offer guidance on how to improve these systems to the standard expected by Border Force and help operators to complete the application form to become accredited.

Backhouse Jones is offering this service for operators from £999 plus VAT, or from £750 plus VAT if Backhouse Jones has filed a notice of objection to a penalty for the business in the last 12 months (less than half of the penalty for one clandestine entrant).

For more information contact one of Backhouse Jones’ Dispute Resolution team on 01254 828 300 or disputeresolution@backhouses.co.uk.

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