No escape as traffic fines set to go EU-wide


EXPAT motorists who take their car to the UK for visits back home could soon be slapped with fines if they are caught speeding by cameras on British roads.

Likewise, British holidaymakers caught speeding on Spanish roads could be fined under new EU rules expected to come into force this year.

The new measures could result in motorists caught by speed cameras while in their own car abroad receiving fines sent to their home address or being pursued through the courts if they don’t pay up.

Drivers caught by speed cameras while in their own cars abroad currently cannot be traced as there is no system for foreign police to track them down. Foreign motorists can be traced if they are driving a hire car while abroad – thanks to credit card details lodged with the hire car company – but not if they are using their own car.

But the proposed changes could be made EU law by a bill that may apply to all member states from May this year, if passed. It would see motorists pursued for speeding, running a red light, using a mobile phone or drink or drug driving by using the number-plate to track them down. Drivers would receive a notification in their own language from the police authorities in the country the offence was committed.

Spanish MEP and the EU Parliament negotiator on the issue, Ines Ayala Sender, said the new legislation could cut road deaths by 50 per cent.

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    • Jiri TICHY

      12 February 2015 • 16:50

      I agree. It is only a money making scheme. What is worse is the fact, that if you are away for a longer period of time, then you would not know. You received a letter at your home unknowingly, so you do not pay on time. Then the authorities can hit you with late fees on top of everything else.
      The amount of the money big electronic companies make from that (tunnelling taxes we pay for police), instead of putting police on the streets as a deterrent and safety factor….

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