400 motorists from mainland Europe have sped on Britain’s roads and avoided prosecution due to a loophole in European law.Although caught on enforcement cameras on the M2O in Kent breaking the legal speed limit, police are unable to trace the drivers of vehicles from abroad.
The Telegraph reports that local MP Damian Green and the RAC Foundation have condemned the inability to prosecute dangerous foreign drivers, as the say it sends the wrong message to motorists visiting the UK.
Inspector Daryl McGrath, of Kent Police’s roads policing unit, told The Telegraph, ‘The legislation as it stands does not allow UK police forces to prosecute foreign drivers who are suspected of committing a speeding offence in the UK when caught speeding by camera.’
‘Under EU legislation, dating from 2017, UK police forces can request the registered keeper’s details if they are a foreign national but we cannon establish who was driving the vehicle at the time. This is unacceptable,’ added McGrath.
According to The Telegraph McGrath added that technology and help from foreign police force should be used to identify commercial vehicles.