New legislation will make it easier for
the Police and VOSA to punish foreign drivers -
On 1st April new powers to punish all UK road rule breakers came
into force, which will hopefully help to reduce the number of
and make the UK's roads a safer place.
The new laws mean that foreign drivers who live outside
the UK will not be able to escape the same punishments
that are imposed on UK drivers for traffic offences.
The Vehicle Operator
and Services Agency (VOSA) examiners will now be
allowed to issue fixed penalty notices to heavy goods
vehicle (HGV) drivers from both the UK and abroad,
whilst along with the Police will be able to collect on
the spot fines from drivers who can not provide a
satisfactory UK address.
Those drivers who are caught committing endorsable
offences will now have the penalty points put on to
their DVLA UK
driving record which could see them banned from driving
in the UK.
UK and foreign HGV drivers could also now have their
vehicles immobilised if they are found to have exceeded
their driving hours, are carrying too much weight or the
vehicle is found to be unroadworthy.
The new measures should also be good news for vehicle
insurance companies with
claims being reduced by the new legislation.
Road safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "We want to
keep our roads as safe as possible and these tough new
measures mean that any driver who breaks the rules of
the road - putting themselves and others at risk - will
have to face the consequences.
"The only way for drivers and hauliers to avoid tough
penalties will be to obey our traffic laws and ensure
their vehicles are fully roadworthy."
Any measures to help reduce deaths and serious injuries
caused by road
accidents on the UK's roads should be welcomed, and
these new measures should help authorities clamp down on
overseas drivers who flout the UK's road regulations.
Chief Constable Mick Giannasi of
the Association of
Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Lead for Roads
Policing, said: "The schemes introduced today will help
law enforcement agencies deal more effectively with
non-UK residents who commit driving offences and drivers
committing commercial vehicle offences. Enforcing road
safety legislation fairly and consistently against all
offenders no matter where they live, have come from or
are going to, will ensure our roads are safer and help
us reduce death and injury."