Tories move to catch foreign drivers who flee justice

09-Feb-2015 @ 19:0

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Conservative MEPs will this week back a measure to help British authorities pursue foreign drivers who flout UK traffic laws and then escape justice.

Proposals before the European Parliament in Strasbourg will enable EU countries to swap ownership details of vehicles involved in offences, in order to crack down on drivers who disappear to their home states without paying fines or fixed penalties.

The directive would cover a range of offences including drink driving, speeding, using a mobile phone at the wheel and ignoring red lights or one-way signs.

Conservative Transport and Tourism Spokesman Jacqueline Foster said the proposals would help the police tackle foreign drivers who disregard road safety and the law.

The North-West MEP said: "Most drivers who bring their vehicles onto British roads do so with consideration and respect for road safety. But some do break the rules and the consequences can be serious.

"There may even be those who repeatedly ignore the law because they think they can never be punished. That makes me angry.

"The measures which we are backing, and which our Conservative-led Government supports, will go some way into giving our authorities more of a fighting chance when it comes to imposing the law and seeing that justice is done."

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