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Diplomatic Missions (Traffic Violation Fines: 2007)

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

In 2007, there were 6,241 recorded outstanding parking and other minor traffic violation fines incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in the United Kingdom. These totalled £656,275. In March this year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote to all diplomatic missions and international organisations concerned, giving them the opportunity to either pay their outstanding fines or appeal against them if they considered that the fines had been issued incorrectly. As a result of subsequent payments totalling £27,300 and formal appeals lodged, there remains a total of 5,093 (£538,745) unpaid fines for 2007. The table below details those diplomatic missions and international organisations that have outstanding fines totalling £1,000 or more:

Diplomatic mission / international organisation

Number of fines outstanding (excluding congestion charge)

Amount(£)

Sudan

696

75,100

Saudi Arabia

382

38,730

Kazakhstan

280

28,180

China

243

26,230

UAE

225

24,670

France

195

20,920

Guinea

168

18,220

Egypt

167

18,140

Turkey

140

15,360

Russia

130

14,160

Libya

132

13,450

Cyprus

118

12,450

Nigeria

97

11,430

Afghanistan

108

11,010

Cote d'lvoire

72

8,170

Romania

78

8,100

Greece

78

7,940

Georgia

69

7,610

Hungary

69

7,100

Malaysia

64

6,960

Mozambique

64

6830

Tunisia

62

6700

Uzbekistan

62

6550

Zambia

63

6310

Pakistan

53

6260

Jordan

55

5990

Algeria

67

5820

Iran

56

5690

Senegal

55

5290

Oman

45

5090

Ukraine

47

4880

Ghana

42

4140

Kenya

35

3940

USA

36

3660

Bangladesh

31

3530

Liberia

31

3480

Germany

32

3250

Iraq

27

3090

Bulgaria

29

3070

Albania

28

2840

Lithuania

28

2740

North Korea

31

2590

Equatorial Guinea

25

2440

Lesotho

18

2330

Yemen

22

2260

Ethiopia

21

2210

Tanzania

19

2170

International Maritime Org.

20

2010

Poland

19

2000

Belgium

19

1900

Kuwait

18

1900

Syria

17

1810

Zimbabwe

17

1760

Swaziland

16

1740

Thailand

17

1730

Honduras

17

1660

Mauritius

13

1580

Morocco

14

1510

Italy

14

1460

South Africa

12

1460

Jamaica

16

1420

Cameroon

13

1350

Kyrgyzstan

13

1260

Slovak Republic

12

1220

Vietnam

9

1090

Mongolia

10

1060

Moldova

11

1060

Botswana

10

1020

Malawi

9

1020

Totals

4933

520,100

Congestion Charge

The number of outstanding fines incurred by diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom for non-payment of the London congestion charge since its introduction in February 2003 until 14 May 2008 was 175,482. The table below shows the 10 diplomatic missions with the highest value of outstanding fines:

Mission

Number of fines outstanding

Value (£)

USA

23,188

2,347,205

Japan

13,062

1,334,560

Russian Federation

12,765

1,308,720

Germany

11,213

1,149,050

Nigeria

11,096

1,120,650

Sudan

7,984

793,300

Kenya

5,084

502,630

Tanzania

4,654

461,080

India

3,949

409,360

South Africa

4,098

406,480