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
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
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.
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.
immigration checks further support the current aims of licensing authorities
to protect public safety and increase confidence in the taxi and private hire
you to make checks
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
Guidance on how to
make right to work checks can be found on www.gov.uk
concerns about illegal working or non compliant employers should report this
to the Home Office at www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime
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