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Thousands avoid speeding fines

By: Dave Robbins
15 October 2014

What would you do with £2.3m? That might be a question the government are asking themselves. Because that’s the staggering amount of unpaid speeding fines they can’t collect because the drivers are foreign.

The figures, complied by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) show that the highest number of offences were in the Thames Valley (3,580). The highest speed (111mph in a 70 mph limit) was recorded in Kent. The largest gap between speed limit and actual speed occurred on the A406 North Circular Road in Greater London – a disturbing 98mph in a 50mph zone.

IAM’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig said: “The high numbers of oversees 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.”

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