Speeding fines to catch up with tourists under new EU rules

The European Parliament has passed new legislation which means visitors will have to pay fines for speeding in other countries in the same way as if they were caught at home.

Drivers in other EU countries will soon be liable for traffic offences in the same way as they are in their own country

Drivers in other EU countries will soon be liable for traffic offences in the same way as they are in their own country Image by Niels Heidenreic / CC BY 2.0

The new laws give police forces the power to share information on non-resident drivers who commit motoring offences.

Up to now, individual police forces were unable to identify offenders which allowed tourists to other EU states escaping fines and prosecutions.

Britain, Ireland and Denmark have been given two years to implement the new regulations.

The change in law will have a particular affect in Ireland, TheJournal.ie reports as it will see offenders in the north or south will get penalty points because the two police forces will share information.

Ireland, along with Denmark and the United Kingdom, has two years to implement the law.

The measure by the European Parliament will put the same responsibility on motorists no matter where they drive in the EU to observe speed limits and drink-driving laws as if they were at home.

Motorists from other countries account for 5% of road traffic across the European union, but are responsible for up 15% of speeding offences. In France, the number is much higher, coming in at 25% of the total offences, according to EurActiv.com.

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