How to say ‘no’ to Government’s plan to strengthen police powers against Travellers
On 5 November 2019, the Government launched a consultation to strengthen police powers against roadside Travellers. These are some of the most harmful changes affecting Gypsies and Travellers for decades. The Government’s plan could:
- Make trespass a crime – resulting in prison, a fine or your vehicle being taken from you.
- Make it a crime for you to stop alongside or on the road – they will be able to move you along.
- Make it so police can act when there’s two vehicles, instead of six. A car, a trailer and a van would count as three vehicles.
- Make it so police can force you to go to a transit site in another county.
- Make it so you’re banned from an area for one year instead of three months.
This will affect anyone who stops on land that they do not own, this includes common land.
The consultation is now closed, but we would like to thank the 10,000+ people who submitted a response through our web form. Now we are waiting for the Government's response.
You can see Friend’s Families and Travellers’ full response to the consultation here.