​More than 23,000 foreign drivers escape UK speeding fines

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Since January 2013 a staggering 23,295 foreign drivers have dodged speeding fines in the UK, resulting in the equivalent of £2.3 million in lost revenue from tickets.

Figures show that a number of motorists in foreign-registered vehicles have hit speeds of up to 111mph on British roads, writes leading road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), after a Freedom of Information request to police authorities.

Despite foreign motorists breaking the law, the authorities are unable to pursue offenders, because their cars are not registered with the DVLA and are consequently difficult to trace.

The most serious offence was seen on the A3 in Surrey, where a driver was caught driving at 109mph in a 50mph zone.

Meanwhile, in the Thames Valley alone 3,580 speeding offences were recorded, with one offender doing 102mph in a 70mph zone.

Merseyside, Warwickshire and Kent have all had over 2,000 overseas offenders spotted on the roads, while the Metropolitan Police recorded 1,586 foreign speeders.

The director of the IAM, Neil Greig said: "The high numbers of overseas speeders on our roads show how important it is that the UK joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences.

"Progress on the 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."

This information is sure to anger a lot of British drivers that have been caught on UK roads and had to pay either a hefty fine or lost their license when caught speeding.

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