“Au revoir” to French fines on British motorists offending in the EU

British motorists will avoid most European speeding fines after an EU arrangement has ended.

A Brussels directive required Britain’s DVLA to share the details of drivers caught offending in member states.

But Brexit has firmly put the brake on that agreement.

However, it also means EU drivers caught offending in Britain could also go unpunished.

Last year in France 440,000 British drivers were fined after being caught on police cameras.

At one point between, January 2019 and September 2020, the French were requesting more than 1,000 checks a day from the DVLA.

The AA warned UK motorists were being used as “cash cows” by the French.

The Brexit change in law means the French could lose a revenue stream of £50 million.

The French Government is now looking to negotiate a deal with Britain to allow fines swapping details to continue.

The UK Government has, so far, failed to respond.




About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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