Motoring organisations have expressed their concern over the number of foreign speeders who have never been prosecuted, despite some being caught travelling at speeds of up to 108mph on Scotland’s roads.
It has been found that, on average, 11 non-UK nationals are caught speeding by speed cameras but authorities claim that they cannot access details of motorists from other countries in Europe.
Those caught have therefore evaded prosecution despite the DVLA readily responding to requests from foreign forces to capture British speeders in other countries. In one incident, a driver was caught travelling at a speed of 108mph on the A90 to Aberdeen Road. In another incident, a driver was caught driving at 106mph on the A1 in East Lothian. In another shocking incident, a driver was caught travelling at 70mph in a 30mph zone in Edinburgh.
The number of foreign speeders evading prosecution has angered motoring groups as well as road safety campaigners. British drivers caught travelling at similar speeds would normally face a fine, a ban or even prison.
The UK government has not signed up to an EU policy which would allow for the exchange of information from other countries to Scotland regarding these drivers. Margaret Dekker, secretary of Scotland’s Campaign Against Irresponsible Drivers has stated that this does not send out a good road safety message.
Lowering your speed
It is not only foreign speeders who evade capture from the authorities. Many people regularly drive over the speed limit without getting caught and there are several drivers who speed in areas they are aware are not monitored by speed cameras.
Lowering your speed can help to prevent a potentially fatal accident, particularly if weather conditions are poor or you are driving in an area which has a lot of pedestrians or cyclists. Accident Advice Helpline is available to call if you find yourself involved in a road accident that is the fault of someone else.
How to get in touch
You can contact Accident Advice Helpline via our 24-hour helpline and we can offer you no-obligation advice regarding a potential compensation claim for an accident that was someone else’s fault.
If you have sustained an injury and wish to pursue your case, we can take you step by step through the process and help you obtain the evidence you need to support your case. Our no win, no fee policy ensures that you have nothing to pay upfront to make your claim.
Source: Herald Scotland
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown