Saturday, March 7, 2009

Foreign drivers in UK face £900 roadside fines

Foreign drivers face £900 roadside fines to halt rise in crashes Foreign drivers will have to pay on-the-spot fines of up to £900 for flouting traffic laws under new legislation to be introduced next month. If they do not have enough cash or a working credit card their vehicles will be clamped until they pay — and they will face an additional £80 release fee. (link timesonline.co.uk) I think it's about time foreign drivers be held accountable for their driving offences in the UK! Currently, drivers from outside the UK are rarely prosecuted because police cannot pursue them if they don't respond to a summons. Why should foreign drivers be able to break British laws (and potentially put other motorists and pedestrians in danger) and get away with it? I hope this new law will be used vigourously. What are your thoughts about the new law?

2 comments:

  1. I have strong views on all motoring offenses and think that our laws should be much stricter all round.
    I think that the fine should be much higher, and if a foreign driver is responsible for a death then they should then be banned from driving in the UK.
    Like so many things we seem to pussy-foot around the problem and just let it get worse! xx

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  2. Well said, Flighty! I agree.

    As stated in the article foreign vehicles are 30% likelier to be in a crash so this is a safety issue. I think it's a disgrace that a law like this isn't already in place. Why should foreign drivers be allowed to flout British law?

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