Drivers from overseas have escaped thousands of speeding offences and millions of pounds worth of speeding ticket fines across England and Wales, according to new figures revealed following a freedom of information request.
The statistics were obtained by road safety charity The Institute of Advanced Motorists, who asked police authorities how many overseas motorists had been caught by speed cameras in England and Wales.
It revealed that overseas drivers have so far escaped 23,295 speeding offences since January last year - the equivalent of £2.3 million worth of speeding tickets.
Gwent Police (which includes South Wales and Dyfed Powys Police forces as part of 'Go Safe' - Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership) recorded the third highest number of overseas speeding offences across England and Wales - a reported 2,090, with the highest speed recording of 99mph in a 70mph zone.
"The high numbers of oversees speeders on our roads show how important it is that the UK joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences and give the police extra powers to pursue dangerous drivers. Progress on this 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."
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