Foreign drivers escape Borders speed offences

There were 3182 speeding offences involving foreign cars in 12 months. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
There were 3182 speeding offences involving foreign cars in 12 months. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

More than 3,000 foreign drivers have escaped speeding offences in the Lothian and Borders areas in the last 12 months, it has been revealed.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has found that foreign motorists escaped a total of 4,073 speeding 
offences in Scotland over the last year.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland which was asked how many foreign motorists had been caught by speed cameras across Scotland.

A total of 3,182 speeding offences were caught by cameras in the Lothian and Borders areas and, as foreign vehicles are not registered with the DVLA, these offences are not pursued.

IAM’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said the high numbers of foreign speeders showed how important it was that Scotland joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences and give 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,” he added.

“By including cross-border enforcement within new devolved powers, the Scottish Government could further enhance its road safety credentials and deliver safer roads even sooner.”

In May, the European Court changed the basis of its directive on cross-border enforcement, so the UK can no longer opt out.

It covers mutual access to information for various road safety offences, including speeding. Negotiations are under way, but a UK implementation date is not yet set.

Peter Sandison, from the Borders Group of Advanced Motorists, said the sooner the situation was rectified the better: “It isn’t a very satisfactory situation at the moment as speed cameras are located where there is a danger of a serious accident.”