Offending non-UK drivers targeted

The Government is to clampdown on overseas drivers and truckers who flout UK road regulations.

Offending non-UK drivers and hauliers could face fines and have their vehicles immobilised under proposals put out for consultation by road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

A new system will give police and examiners from the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA) the power to collect on-the-spot penalties from anyone without a satisfactory UK address from next year.

They will also be able to issue penalty points against a non-UK driver's record for licence-endorsable offences.

For the first time VOSA examiners will also have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to hauliers for a range of offences such as breaking driving hours, weight or vehicle safety regulations.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: "These tough new measures mean non-UK drivers who break our laws will find themselves in a similar position to UK drivers who are either issued with a fixed penalty or prosecuted in court.

"From next year all drivers without a satisfactory UK address who commit offences will have to pay a financial penalty deposit equal to the amount of the fixed penalty - or up to £300 as a surety in respect of a potential court fine."

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