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Foreign drivers in the UK escape speeding fines


Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Jul 2008 /  #1
"Almost 800 speeding foreign drivers escaped punishment in just three months on Sussex roads because their number plates were registered abroad.

Motorists can avoid justice over the fines, which total up to £50,000, because police, councils and speed camera authorities are not able to obtain their details. "

theargus.co.uk/search/3226514.Foreign_drivers_escape_speeding_fines/

Ok, I know that none of us (regardless of nationality) make the rules, but what's the answer ?

It is stories like this that causes resentment towards the Polish and others.

miranda  
23 Jul 2008 /  #2
oh, cry me a river.
VaFunkoolo 6 | 654  
23 Jul 2008 /  #3
It's not so much the £50,000 sovs that bothers me but the number of foreign nuttahs driving about on British roads
Foreigner4 12 | 1,768  
23 Jul 2008 /  #4
i'd be more inclined to sympathize if there were an abundance of foreign drivers causing accidents and not getting caught. you think u.k. drivers don't get off in other countries for the same reasons you listed?
OP Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Jul 2008 /  #5
oh, cry me a river.

I take it this isn't a problem in Canada ?

i'd be more inclined to sympathize if there were an abundance of foreign drivers causing accidents and not getting caught. you think u.k. drivers don't get off in other countries for the same reasons you listed?

I don't doubt that they probably do, however, two wrongs don't make a right do they ?

From the article:

"There are 140,000 foreign registered vehicles on Britain’s roads at any one time and three million enter the country each year.

The largest group are Polish registered vehicles, which account for 36%, followed by French vehicles (10%) and German vehicles (9%).

Figures show that of the 9,783 tickets issued to vehicles with foreign number plates in Sussex between June 2004 and June 2006, only 1,164 fines were paid. "
noimmigration  
23 Jul 2008 /  #6
no they dont
JWB 1 | 12  
23 Jul 2008 /  #7
I know an Englishman who spent a few years working in Luxembourg and when he returned to the UK he kept the Luxembourg plates on his car for as long as possible for just that reason. Good luck to him and for the record I'd do exactly the same thing.
miranda  
23 Jul 2008 /  #8
I take it this isn't a problem in Canada ?

nope. We had some speeding drivers but it was not exclusive to nationality but to the size of the car and the age. It is all curbed now but it took years. Policing works;).
dnz 17 | 710  
23 Jul 2008 /  #9
UK drivers in europe escape speeding fines Ive been flashed several times and heard nothing else about it. It works both ways except cameras in the UK are there to make money rather than save lives.
OP Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Jul 2008 /  #10
nope. We had some speeding drivers but it was not exclusive to nationality but to the size of the car and the age. It is all curbed now but it took years. Policing works;).

I agree that the police do need to do more.

UK drivers in europe escape speeding fines Ive been flashed several times and heard nothing else about it. It works both ways except cameras in the UK are there to make money rather than save lives.

Yes that does happen, but I was talking about people who have been fined but can escape paying because they can't be traced.
Foreigner4 12 | 1,768  
23 Jul 2008 /  #11
so shouldn't you be taking this up with the legislators and law enforcement in the u.k. instead of a forum dedicated to all things polish? i mean what's the aim for posting that info here? if anything it'd encourage people to not pay if they don't have to.

i'm against excessive speeding but again if it were foreigners causing accidents getting off the hook i'd say you have a great point. unless that is the case, you don't imho.
OP Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Jul 2008 /  #12
I've tried raising this with my MP, but I may as well talk to the wall.

My reason for posting it here is because the Polish were mentioned in the article, so I'm interested in what people on here think
VaFunkoolo 6 | 654  
23 Jul 2008 /  #13
I think the Polish are notoriously bad drivers and now they have come to the UK to cause mayhem on our roads
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
23 Jul 2008 /  #14
oh, cry me a river.

hey that's my line :D

cry me a river, Mister H
if you choose to hate Poles just because your stupid government doesn't punish them for speeding, then it is a very childish thing to say. boo hoo i can't drive fast but Poles can boo hoo.
OP Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Jul 2008 /  #15
"Hate" is a very strong and emotive word and one that I have never used on here. Nor would I use it as "hate" doesn't come into it.

What's wrong with wanting something that's fair to all ?
noimmigration  
23 Jul 2008 /  #16
JustysiaS do you have to remove your make up each night with a shovel and a sandblaster?
dnz 17 | 710  
23 Jul 2008 /  #17
Just buy a foreign registered vehicle to drive in the UK it makes sense!
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
23 Jul 2008 /  #18
noimmigration

do you have to use a microscope to have a wank?

What's wrong with wanting something that's fair to all ?

i suppose nothing, but there isn't much you can do about it
bramkaz 1 | 24  
23 Jul 2008 /  #19
"Almost 800 speeding foreign drivers escaped punishment in just three months on Sussex roads because their number plates were registered abroad.

Motorists can avoid justice over the fines, which total up to £50,000, because police, councils and speed camera authorities are not able to obtain their details. "

We got the same with german number plates. Welcome to EU
Andrew78 - | 97  
23 Jul 2008 /  #20
to noimmigration
And why you care,you don't even live in UK.
OP Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Jul 2008 /  #21
Just buy a foreign registered vehicle to drive in the UK it makes sense!

It does and I have thought about it, but it seems rather drastic. Plus with my luck it would get keyed by a pack of drunken chavs. Either that or the laws would change overnight and I would be back to where I started, just with a left-hand drive car ;-)

We got the same with german number plates. Welcome to EU

Do your Government intend taking any action ?
noimmigration  
23 Jul 2008 /  #22
to noimmigration
And why you care,you don't even live in UK.

Yes I do
bramkaz 1 | 24  
23 Jul 2008 /  #23
Do your Government intend taking any action ?

They are in talks with german goverment about data exchange
Andrew78 - | 97  
23 Jul 2008 /  #24
to noimmigration
so u are a immigrant,right
noimmigration  
23 Jul 2008 /  #25
No I live in my own country. I am not some filthy slavic speaking toilet cleaner.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
23 Jul 2008 /  #26
so u are a immigrant,right

Yes he is.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
23 Jul 2008 /  #27
I live in my own country

It's a lot of other people's country as well, so have some respect for their opinions.
Andrew78 - | 97  
23 Jul 2008 /  #28
to noimmigration
So you are a toilet cleaner.Good job dude,can i hire you.Please
noimmigration  
23 Jul 2008 /  #29
Boom, tish .......... hilarious. !
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
23 Jul 2008 /  #30
It's a lot of other people's country as well, so have some respect for their opinions.

Even out of context, this is a very good quote.
Nice one!

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