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Stowaways

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was raised from fines of drivers of vehicles carrying stowaways in each year since the inception of such fines. (163092)

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The civil penalty regime was amended by the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act which came into effect on 8 December 2002. Flexible penalties were introduced enabling separately imposed penalties on companies and drivers as apposed to fixed penalties of £2000 per clandestine entrant.

The regime now ensures that if the owner or hirer of a vehicle is also the employer of the driver, they remain jointly and severally liable to the payment of the driver's penalty.

Since the inception of civil penalties within European Operations locally collated management information indicate the following amount of revenue raised from fines to drivers and hauliers.

These figures take into account the objection and appeals process by which penalties could be reduced or cancelled and include payment for penalties imposed in previous years. Information relating to the revenue raised from drivers' penalties alone is not available.

Total penalties received (£)

2003

490,092

2004

749,076

2005

981,135

2006

1,033,240

2007

1,357,703