Final Update 10 April 2015
The government published their Exit checks fact sheet
Update 17 March 2015
The Home Secretary confirmed before Parliament earlier today that exit checks would begin 8 April 2015...
...but hints at a possible exception for people travelling by coach
Yes. The UK Border Force has been under pressure to implement exit checks for a long time, and have publicly targeted April 2015 as the start date...
The Home Office is working closely with key partners on the
implementation of Exit Checks in April 2015. We have looked closely at
the best ways to implement Exit Checks for the various ports and
operators, working with the grain of their operations as far as
possible. Ongoing consultations are helping to ensure that Exit Checks
meet the government’s objectives with the least possible impact on
travellers. Barry McGill, Director of Exit Checks said: "We have made
significant progress on planned solutions with carriers and port
operators. The programme is building on this engagement to ensure that
the technical delivery arrangements meet everyone’s needs".
Source: January Partner Bulletin
An earlier attempt to implement exit controls resulted in an embarrassing fiasco from which the Border Force hopes to recover public confidence. For this reason it's safe to assume they will be looking for a few scalps to show the media.
If you are visiting the UK as a tourist or business visitor and think that you have overstayed and thus be vulnerable to being caught at an exit check, you can contact the Border Force to determine if your circumstances were unavoidable. Alternatively, you can contact a solicitor to arrange a consultation.