Foreign drivers dodging eight speeding fines every day
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 07 November 2014
New figures have estimated that each day, eight foreign drivers are able to escape speeding fines. It means that many people might not be driving on the roads with safety in mind, putting other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk. For those with personalised number plates, it could also be contributing to the high insurance costs noted by British motorists.
In a new Scottish study, it was found that the past year noted 3,182 speeding offences by foreign drivers, both in and around Edinburgh alone. Overall, it means a total of £318,000 in speeding fines have been handed out, yet many people dodge the penalties because they’re from overseas.
The main problem is that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency doesn’t require foreign drivers to submit their details. Therefore, if a speeding ticket’s issued, authorities have no way to chase up the driver. With many worried about the issue, it was the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) who collated the figures after receiving them from a freedom of information request. Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the IAM, said it was vital to new EU negotiations to take place so the situation could be tackled. “The high numbers of foreign speeders on our roads show how important it is that Scotland joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences and give the police extra powers to pursue dangerous drivers,” Mr Grieg said, before adding, “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.” Mr Grieg further explained that by facilitating cross-border enforcement, road safety could be heightened, preventing accidents and saving lives in the long run.
Elsewhere, it was the AA who suggested that the high number of people flouting road laws and avoiding penalties is a widespread problem that must be dealt with. A spokesman for the organisation explained there were further problems because many British road users felt frustrated they had to abide by laws when so many overseas motorists can seemingly do what they want and not have to pay.
Under current rules, British drivers caught speeding are dealt a £100 fine and three points are added to their licence. Whilst points can sometimes be avoided by going on speed awareness courses, this also comes with a high cost.
For all drivers across the nation, putting a system in place to catch foreign motorists breaking the law could be beneficial, not only making the roads safer, but helping reduce insurance prices too.