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Overseas Registration Plates

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that vehicles with overseas registration plates can be traced in order to enforce prosecutions and penalties after they are identified on cameras committing speed and red light offences. (111346)

The growing use of automatic number plate recognition cameras, which check passing vehicles against various databases, is already helping enforcement action against the drivers of foreign registered vehicles detected speeding and jumping red lights. The number plates of those who leave the country without being dealt with can be recorded on a database and so be detected and dealt with on return here. We have also taken a number of measures to improve enforcement action against the drivers of foreign registered vehicles. These include a provision in the Road Safety Act 2006 which will allow the exchange of driver licensing and vehicle registration information with other countries. Further help will be provided by the European framework decision on the mutual recognition of financial penalties, which will allow courts in one member state to have the penalties they impose enforced in another and by the international convention on the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications.