posted 2 years ago

Thousands Of Foreign Drivers Escape UK Speeding Convictions

Fastest driver was travelling at 111mph

Foreign drivers have escaped 23,295 speeding convictions in England and Wales since January 2013 – getting away with the equivalent of £2.3m in fines.

Regional research from road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists found the highest number of offences recorded in the Thames Valley region, where safety cameras witnessed 3,580 offences in which drivers could not be traced.

This was followed by
  • Merseyside (2,477)
  • Warwickshire (2,152)
  • Gwent (2,090)
  • Kent (1,954)
  • The Metropolitan Police region – covering 32 London boroughs - followed in sixth position with 1,586 convictions.
Drivers escaped punishment as their cars were not registered with the DVLA, making them hard to trace.

111mph in a 70mph zone

The highest speed was recorded in Kent at 111mph in a 70mph zone. This was followed by Surrey (109mph in a 50mph zone); Thames Valley (102mph in a 70mph zone), Hampshire (100mph in a 70mph zone), and Gwent (99mph in 70mph zone).

Neil Greig, the IAM’s director of policy and research, said: “Thousands of drivers are avoiding fines and bans simply because their cars cannot be easily traced.

“The high numbers of oversees 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.”

How to ensure that offenders cannot escape punishment – perhaps by sharing driver information between nations - is now being considered at Europe level.

IAM: Full Freedom Of Information Request Findings The Institute of Advanced Motorists' conclusions come following a freedom of information request from police authorities in England and Wales. Full regional facts include:

Area

Number of Offences

Top Recorded speed

Period

Avon and Somerset

Not available

Not available

Bedfordshire

Not available

Not available

Cambridgeshire

Not available

Not available

Cheshire

680

Not available

Since March 2014

Cleveland

No reply

Cumbria

Not available

Not available

Derbyshire

76

74 (50 limit), M1 Northbound, Barlborough

01/09/2013 – 31/08/2014

Devon and Cornwall

692

97 (70 limit), Temple near Bodmin, Cornwall

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Dorset

No reply

Durham

12

61 (50 limit), A690 West Rainton

01/08/2013 – 28/08/2014

Essex

No reply

Gloucestershire

92

96, A417 Dartley Bottom

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Greater Manchester

Not available – however, 395 have been cancelled under GMP’s cancellation code for foreign registered vehicles

74, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Gwent

(incl. South Wales and Dyfed Powys Police forces as part of ‘Go Safe’ - Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership)

2,090

99 (70 limit), A40 Llangattock and M4 between J33 Capel Llanilltern and J34 Miskin

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Hampshire

994

100, A31

01/09/2013 – 31/08/2014

Hertfordshire

Not available

Not available

Humberside

584

90, M180 North Lincolnshire

Full year 2013

Kent

1,954

111 (70 limit), M25 clockwise

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Lancashire

1,229

Not available

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Leicestershire

969

95, A46 Thrussington

01/09/2013 – 31/08/2014

Lincolnshire

No reply

Merseyside

2,477

87, on a motorway

01/04/2013 – 31/03/2014

Metropolitan

1,586

98, A406 North Circular Road (Southbound)

Full year 2013

Norfolk

380

86, A140 Scole

Since March 2014

Northamptonshire

447

84, A45 Great Billing Way dual carriageway

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Northumbria

Not available

Not available

North Wales

No reply

North Yorkshire

No reply

Nottinghamshire

1,423

83 (50 limit), A1 Elkesley

01/04/2013 – 31/03/2014

South Yorkshire

198 (2013), 120 cancelled (cannot be traced)

82 (70 limit), M1 Northbound J32 to J33

Full year 2013

Staffordshire

No reply

Suffolk

3

Not recorded

01/04/2013 – 31/03/2014

Surrey

541

109 (A3 at Hook)

30/08/2013 to 29/08/2014

Sussex

741

91, Aldingbourne

04/09/2013 – 03/09/2014

Thames Valley

3,580

102 (70 limit), A41 Aston Clinton

01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

Warwickshire

2,152

Not available

01/04/2013 – 31/03/2014

West Mercia

Not available

Not available

West Midlands

No reply

West Yorkshire

No reply

Wiltshire

No reply

 

Some on holiday will do some speeding and be back out the country before the speeding fine is processed. Perhaps if they were checked quickly and fed in to some ANPR devices at ferry terminals and the Channel Tunnel, the individuals could be held for an on-the-spot fine levied against the vehicle impounding it till the fine is paid. Would stop the regular offenders. Normally such fines are against the driver and require court cases, but surely a tweak to the law could help remove this loophole.

Wow this is a real eye opener! over 23,000 speeding convictions just wiped away because of foreign vehicles! Now that really is criminal!