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Driving Offences: Speed Limits

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles identified by (a) mobile and (b) static speed cameras as driving in excess of the speed limit were not pursued for prosecution purposes because the licence plates indicated that they were not UK-registered in the most recent year for which figures are available. (295577)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

Information available on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on offences involving vehicles does not identify those cases that are not pursued for prosecution.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his policy is in respect of the (a) identification by (i) mobile and (ii) static speed cameras and (b) prosecution of motorists driving vehicles in excess of the speed limit where the vehicles in question are non-UK registered. (295578)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

Foreign drivers are subject to the provisions of the Road Traffic Acts at all times when driving on British roads. They are therefore liable to prosecution for contravention of the legislation. It is for individual chief officers of police to decide what action should be taken against foreign drivers detected speeding by mobile or static speed cameras.

We have taken a number of measures to improve enforcement action against the drivers of non UK 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 penalties imposed by courts in one member state to be enforced in another and by the International Convention on the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications. The growing use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, is also helping enforcement against foreign offenders detected speeding and jumping red lights, since a person who succeeds in leaving the country without being dealt with for such an offence can have their vehicle’s number-plate recorded on a database and so be detected and dealt with on return here.