The number of fines issued to travellers for breaching quarantine rules after arriving in the UK, has been revealed.
The latest statistics come a day after the Prime Minister announced a series of new restrictions -as a result of the shocking rise of coronavirus infections.
In a bid to bring the R rate down throughout the UK, Boris Johnson has warned of tougher measures on those breaking the new rules – and these include holidaymakers ignoring quarantine requirements.
According to the data released by the Home Office on Thursday (September 10), a total of 34 fines have been issued to anyone not sticking to quarantine rules when arriving in the UK from abroad.
PA reports that police forces have handed out 20 fixed penalty notices in England, while the Border Force has given out 14 across the UK up to September 7.
The 14-day self-isolation policy for UK arrivals was introduced on June 8 for people returning to or visiting the UK from countries not on the exemption list.
Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Johnson wowed that enforcement of quarantine rules for travellers entering the country will be “stepped up”.
The PM indicated the Border Force will take a more proactive role and said the passenger locator form for travelling to the UK would be simplified to make the situation clearer.
In England, people can be fined £1,000 for failing to self-isolate and up to £3,200 for not providing accurate contact details.
Figures show 1,966,394 spot checks have been carried out on passengers to ensure they have filled out passenger locator forms, including contact details, passport number and address while in the country.
Public Health England (PHE) carries out further compliance checks on a random sample of travellers, resident in England and Northern Ireland, to check they are self-isolating.
The service has made a total of 149,579 calls and text messages – each person can be called up to three times on subsequent days and sent a text.
Successful contact, where the traveller has been spoken to or responded to a text, was made 66,773 times with 64,800 people confirming they were self-isolating.
The Department for Transport and No 10 are facing increasing pressure to implement testing in airports to allow the aviation industry to operate at a fuller capacity – and eliminate the issue of having to self isolate.
Speaking in the Commons, former prime minister Theresa May suggested that travellers to the UK could be tested for the virus upon arrival and also a few days later in order to reduce the current two-week quarantine period or scrap it altogether.
Immigration Minister Kevin Foster said: “These measures are informed by science, backed by the public and designed to keep us all safe.
“I’m pleased the vast majority of travelling public continue to comply with these important measures to stop the spread of the virus.
“As the Prime Minister outlined yesterday, we must do all that is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives, which is why we are simplifying the passenger locator form and taking further steps to ensure passengers complete it before departure.
“This will allow Border Force to focus on targeting their enforcement efforts to ensure all arriving in the UK comply with this requirement.”