Thousands of foreign drivers have escaped punishment in the last year despite being caught speeding, North Wales Police have revealed – but the law will shortly change to address this.
In a reply to a Freedom of Information request, the force said 3,536 offences were recorded by cameras in the last 12 months – up 2,146 on the previous year. But they were not punished because police cannot send a notice of intended prosecution within the required time.
However, the law has been changed and from 1 April 2009 the Local Transport Act will allow the DVLA to ask its equivalent body in foreign countries for the contact details of non-UK drivers.
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