Foreign drivers escape speed fines


Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Foreign drivers have escaped £2.3 million in speeding fines because their vehicles are not registered with the DVLA, figures have revealed.

Speed cameras have registered 23,295 offences being committed by overseas drivers since January last year, which have not been pursued by police, according to road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The figures were released following a freedom of information (FOI) request to police authorities in England and Wales.

Thames Valley recorded the highest number of offences with 3,580 drivers caught speeding, the IAM said.

This was followed by Merseyside with 2,477, Warwickshire whose cameras registered 2,152 offences, Gwent with 2,090 and Kent recorded 1,954 speeding offences committed by foreign drivers.

In Kent, one foreign motorist was caught travelling at 111mph on the M25, while a camera on the A3 Hook Road in Surrey recorded a driver travelling at 109mph in a 50mph zone, an IAM spokesman said.

The Metropolitan Police area, covering 32 London boroughs, came in at sixth place with 1,586 offences taking place across the Greater London area, with the worst offence recorded on the A406 North Circular Road, southbound, when a driver was caught travelling 98mph in a 50mph zone.

Neil Greig, IAM’s director of policy and research, said: “The high numbers of overseas speeders on our roads show how important it is that the UK joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences and give the police extra powers to pursue dangerous drivers.

“Progress on this issue has been very slow and in the meantime thousands of drivers are avoiding fines and bans simply because their cars cannot be easily traced.”

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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