Net closes on foreign speedsters

GLENIS WILLMOTT -- voted for the new rules to close the legal loophole.
GLENIS WILLMOTT -- voted for the new rules to close the legal loophole.

European MPs have voted to close the legal loophole that lets hundreds of foreign drivers put lives at risk in Mansfield and Ashfield.

In October, the Chad revealed how more than 1,400 non-UK motorists escaped prosecution for speeding and other offences on Nottinghamshire’s roads in 2013/14, even though they were caught on camera.

The police admitted they were were powerless to act, unless the offenders were physically arrested, because they could not trace the addresses of drivers from overseas.

However, the European Parliament has now backed new procedures that will make it easier to bring them to justice. And calls have been made for the UK government to bring them into force as soon as possible.

Labour MEPs from the UK supported the move, which allows EU countries to exchange information on drink-driving, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving, as well as speeding.

Glenis Willmott, who represents the East Midlands, said: “About 15% of detected speeding offences are committed by non-UK residents. These strong measures will bring dangerous drivers to book and give UK authorities the tools they need to identify offenders, even if they are not based in Britain.

“The UK needs time to transpose these EU rules into law, but any unnecessary delay would be unacceptable.”