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97mph Driver Won't Face Fine - Because They're Foreign

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7:32am 8th October 2014
(Updated 7:32am 8th October 2014)

A driver who got caught screaming down the A30 at almost 100mph will not have to pay a penny.

It is because they are one of almost 700 foreign drivers clocked speeding in the Duchy and Devon over the last year.

The DVLA does not have their details or the powers to pursue them.

The fastest caught in the southwest was the driver who hit 97mph at Temple.

Mick Martin from the Dual The A30 Action Group said: "Being a single track road it should be 60mph of course, so that's well over the odds. But that doesn't surprise me. Unfortunately using the road on a daily basis I see people crossing the white lines, going into the hatching that's there for your safety.

"It all comes down to cost. Speed cameras - I know everyone thinks they're a cash cow and it's there to make money - but it's also there to save lives. Speed is the killer."

Neil Greig from the Insitute of Advanced Motorists said: “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.”

Across the UK it is claimed that foreign drivers have escaped a total of £2.3m worth of fines since last January.

7:32am 8th October 2014

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