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Foreign Drivers

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to bring to justice foreign drivers who commit a traffic offence but do not attend trial. (106941)

The Extradition Act 2003 provides for the return from overseas of persons accused of serious offences attracting at least 12 months imprisonment in the United Kingdom. The Road Safety Act 2006 also contains measures which, when implemented, will require drivers who commit certain prescribed offences and who cannot supply a satisfactory UK address to pay an immediate deposit in lieu of a fixed penalty, or pending a court hearing.

The EU has adopted certain measures which will also ensure, once they are in force, that foreign offenders do not evade punishment. The EU Convention on Driving Disqualifications and the EU Framework Decision on Financial Penalties will allow respectively a driving disqualification or a fine imposed in one EU state to be transferred to another member state for enforcement.