Skip to comments.Motorists could be banned from leaving Britain over unpaid parking fines
Posted on 03/18/2009 10:41:37 AM PDT by BGHater
A million motorists with unpaid parking fines face being stopped from leaving the country.
They risk being caught up in plans to recoup almost £1billion in outstanding fines and court orders imposed for criminal offences as well as driving ones.
Ministers are examining whether to use powers to track the travel plans of everyone leaving the country under a system known as e-Borders to deal with the problem of unpaid fines.
As disclosed by The Daily Telegraph, the scheme will track anyone leaving Britain including day-trippers, leisure sailors and even channel swimmers.
The idea of using the system to detain fine defaulters is contained in an "Explanatory Memorandum" to the Immigration and Asylum Act prepared by the Home Office.
It says that e-Borders could help recoup millions of pounds of unpaid fines, and make it easier to enforce the confiscation of criminals' assets following a court order.
"Whilst not a key e-Borders priority, e-Borders could also contribute to compliance on fine enforcement, if provisions were issued prohibiting travel overseas whilst fines remained unpaid and confiscation orders undischarged."
The memorandum continues: "There are totals of £487 million in outstanding fines and £300 million in unpaid confiscation orders.
"It is important to note that in order to minimize the number of interventions at ports, in this context, the police will be mounting an awareness campaign in partnership with other parts of government and the courts to encourage discharge of fines and will use the data collected through e-Borders to support enforcement activity at ports and elsewhere."
A Home Office spokesman said that the proposals would apply to any unpaid fines issued by the courts, including for speeding and motoring offences as well as those for general crime.
It is anticipated that such powers would be used when substantial arrears have been accumulated.
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You guys should do this with the diplomats at the UN.
I just saw that on another thread and it annoyed me so much for a few seconds, I thought I would pass it along..
This sounds like something the District government in DC would try.
Imagine that. All the airport security in the world can’t stop Mohammad from hijacking a jet and crashing it into a building, but the parking ticket police can.
Erm... soooo, let me see if I get this straight. They’re going to implement a system to TRACK EVERYONE who wants to leave the country, and, legally, bar them from doing so, if they owe any kind of a fee to the state ?
Your papers, please...
Anyone seeing a beginning of a STATE PRISON in there a-la USSR, or do I just have my tin foil hat off a bit on one side and the mind control rays from my monitor are penetrating a bit ?
Our puppet master slugs in DC will try the same thing here with Health care...
....Oh! you’re behind in child support, sorry no health care for you.
I’m amazed at how people have relinquished their rights in Britain. That’s what happens when they surrender freedom in exchange for what they perceive as “security.”
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