New sanctions: ahead of Browne Jacobson's free seminar 'The Fire Safety Order--Investigation of Offences' (Thursday April 3 at the firm's Nottingham office) Hazel Padmore examines the implications for fire authorities and services of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill.(Risk Management)

IN MARCH 2007, THE DRAFT Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill was presented to Parliament, seeking to address a number of problems with the current regulatory system. This includes a lack of effective sanctions available to regulators when dealing with enforcement.

Review of the existing law highlighted that regulators were having to rely on criminal prosecution as the main sanction available to them where organisations under their auspice failed to comply with industry regulation. With this in mind, the new Bill aims to introduce a number of new civil sanctions to which regulatory bodies can have recourse, the main two being:

* Fixed Monetary Penalties

* Discretionary Requirements.

For fire authorities, these sanctions will be available when dealing with non-compliance with fire safety legislation such as the Fire Safety Order (FSO). …

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