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HOME OFFICE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE ILLEGAL WORKING IN TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE SECTOR

26/02/2016

HOME OFFICE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE ILLEGAL WORKING IN TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE SECTOR

The Home Office will shortly launch Operation Magnify, a UK-wide enforcement and compliance initiative to prevent illegal working in the taxi and private hire vehicle sector.

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During the campaign, which will begin in February, immigration enforcement officers will carry out intelligence-led enforcement activity in the sector, alongside educational visits to licensing authorities and operators to raise awareness of illegal working. As you may be aware, in the taxi and private hire vehicle sector the majority of drivers are self employed, which means that they are not subject to existing right to work checks undertaken by employers. This leaves scope for this sector to be exploited by illegal workers

Whilst many licensing authorities conduct immigration checks as part of their wider checks to determine that someone is ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence, not all do. It is therefore sensible and proportionate to require all licensing authorities to undertake consistent and simple immigration status checks as part of the licence application process. This is why we are using the Immigration Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, to embed immigration safeguards into the existing licensing regimes for taxis and private hire vehicles. These measures are consistent with others in the Bill to prevent access to work and other provisions by migrants who are in the UK unlawfully.

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In advance of these provisions, the Home Office is working with licensing authorities to provide support on how to carry out simple checks on applicants to determine their right to work, and to raise further awareness of the risks of illegal working in the sector. These immigration checks further support the current aims of licensing authorities to protect public safety and increase confidence in the taxi and private hire vehicle sector. Helping you to make checks

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To help us tackle the problem of illegal working, we are reminding  employers of current guidance available to undertake right to work checks, to ensure drivers and operators in this sector have the right to work in the UK. You can help to raise awareness of this issue within your sector by sharing our short animated video, 3 step check poster and information slide pack. The 3 step check poster is available on www.gov.uk Watch our ‘How to make a right to work check’ video on YouTube

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Guidance on how to make right to work checks can be found on www.gov.uk Anyone with concerns about illegal working or non compliant employers should report this to the Home Office at www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime

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If you are considering producing any specific right to work articles in either internal or external publications or online please contact the Strategic Communications team at IEstratcomms@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

 

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