Thousands of drivers on the country’s roads are not being prosecuted for speeding because their foreign driving licences are not registered with the DVLA, a leading motoring organisation has revealed.
A news article on the Motoring Research website covered the full story:
“More than 23,000 foreign drivers have escaped speeding tickets in the UK, according to new information published by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Since January 2013 a grand total of 23,295 overseas drivers have managed to slip speed fines, equating to more than £2.3 million in unpaid offences.
The statistics were uncovered following an IAM freedom of information request to police authorities asking exactly how many foreign motorists were caught by speed cameras in England and Wales.
Despite the incredible number of recorded offences, not one driver was pursued by UK police owing to the fact that the foreign vehicles in question are not registered on the DVLA database. It is therefore extremely difficult to track down the vehicle owner to serve the penalty.”
Interestingly, Thames Valley, Merseyside and Gwent saw the most foreign offenders caught speeding.