Over 20,000 overseas drivers escaping speeding offences

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 17:15
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Overseas drivers getting away with it

Equivalent to £2.3m worth of speeding tickets

Leading road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed that overseas drivers have escaped 23,295 speeding offences since January 2013 – the equivalent of £2.3 million worth of speeding tickets.

The Metropolitan Police that covers 32 London boroughs followed in at sixth position with a recorded number of 1,586 offences taking place across the Greater London area, with a high speed recording of 98mph on the A406 North Circular Road, southbound – a 50mph zone.

As foreign vehicles are not registered with the DVLA these speeding offences are not pursued. The highest number of overseas speeding offences were:

  • Thames Valley, with a reported 3,580 offences and the highest speed recording of 102mph in a 70mph zone
  • Merseyside, with a reported 2,477 offences and the highest speed recording of 87mph in a 70mph zone
  • Warwickshire, with a reported 2,152 offences – no highest speed recorded
  • Gwent, with a reported 2,090 offences and the highest speed recording of 99mph in a 70mph zone
  • Kent, with a reported 1,954 offences and the highest speed recording of 111mph in a 70mph zone

IAM’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig said: “The high numbers of overseas speeders on our roads show how important it is that the UK joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences and give the police extra powers to pursue dangerous drivers. Progress on this issue has been very slow and in the meantime thousands of drivers are avoiding fines and bans simply because their cars cannot be easily traced.”


  1. Why is it that UK drivers face speeding fines and points on our licenses for offences in Europe,(In Spain a 2 km per hour excess speeding offence will put fines on your license). yet we lose £2.3 million because we cant trace them?