Seized Vehicles & Clandestine
If your vehicle is found to contain clandestine entrants on a check by Border Force at the ports, a Notice of a Liability for a Penalty is automatically issued to both the driver and the operator of the vehicle. The Notice of a Liability for a Penalty is an opportunity to reply to the Home Office and evidence that you have a procedure in place that is acceptable to prevent clandestines getting into your vehicles; if you fail to evidence this you will be imposed with a fine of up to £2,000 per clandestine.
Backhouse Jones have seen instances where clients have been fined for the entry of 10 or more clandestine entrants, resulting in a £20,000 fine. Not only does this have a crippling effect on the operators cashflow but also makes the work undertaken in completing the job in the first place less than profitable!
If your business receives one of these notices our Dispute Resolution team will assist in drafting a suitable response and collating evidence in an attempt to prevent or reduce a fine. If a fine is received, a notice of objection can be filed to try and limit your liability for any fines. The time period to reply to the Notice and fine decision is 28 days so please act quickly in contacting us.