Saturday, 2 August 2014

"UK drivers owe 'millions' in unpaid fines"

From the BBC:

Foreign countries are missing out on millions of Euros every year because UK drivers abroad are not paying parking fines, the Local Government Association says.

British vehicles can be driven in another country for six months before being registered, with any parking offences committed in this period not recorded…

One authority, Brighton & Hove Council, says its residents owed more than £750,000. An estimated three million British drivers make journeys in Europe each year…

Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's economy and transport board, said:

"Drivers of UK-registered vehicles need to realise they are not above the law when they are abroad. Reckless and inconsiderate parking by British drivers abroad puts other drivers and pedestrians at risk.

"The millions of Euros worth of fines written off could also be spent filling potholes, providing bus services and tackling the €12bn repair backlog to bring Europe's roads up to scratch."