The Home Office has scrapped its fines for Channel tunnel freight operators that are caught with illegal immigrants.

Freight carriers had been fined £2,000 for each immigrant, but Home Secretary David Blunkett said he was suspending the system because the number of immigrants attempting the route had fallen.

However, critics have speculated Blunkett dropped the fines to avoid possible embarrassment after Eurotunnel took legal action, arguing the fines were against the law.

Transport mutual TT Club and its solicitor Kay Pysden of Davies Lavery are at present embroiled in an action with the Home Office over £2,000 worth of fines levied against road hauliers.