• Nov 30, 2010
Britain is stepping up to the man. The island nation is moving to stop a proposal that would allow member countries of the European Union to enforce traffic violations across international borders. The legislation aims to help law enforcement pursue unruly drivers for four major offenses: speeding, running traffic lights, drunk driving and not wearing a seatbelt. Mike Penning, Britain's road safety minister, said that while the UK is all for greater cooperation between the 27 countries in the EU, he feels there are still some wrinkles to be ironed out in the proposal.

Part of the conflict stems from the law requiring those caught speeding by traffic cameras to be held responsible for fines once they return to their native country. Penning is concerned about who pays the fine when someone other than the vehicle's owner is behind the wheel and how the appeal process would work. All told, around four million Britons use their vehicles outside of the country's borders.

[Source: The Daily Telegraph l Image: Reed Saxon/AP]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Once again, poor spunky Britain left to fight with the continental giants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many UK councils (local "governments") currently employ specialists firms to track down on foreign offenders, whether it's speeding or parking. Europe wide database would help them save and earn a lot.

      There are a few things to consider. Traffic policemen disappeared from the UK roads. They're still there on the continent though. UK automatic numberplate recognitions systems are not very good in reading foreign plates and try to convert it into UK format.

      In other words, chances for a UK driver getting caught on the Continent are greater than chances of "bloody foreigner" being caught in the UK.

      And there's another thing. A UK motorist leaving a ferry or a Eurotunnel train in France often behaves like a demon unchained. Which is exactly what French police are waiting for. But then you have UK drivers bi..ching about how intolerant French policemen are. They even outlawed radar detectors! Every time I disembark, I think I'm the only one who stick to the limit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I live in Luxembourg and I hope this will come into place. Otherwise it's basically giving everybody the right to speed and be very dangerous drivers across Europe as long as they aren't in their home country.

        I hate speed limits as much as the other guy, but safety does come first. And since most countries are replacing policemen with cameras, this law is even more important.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've got an idea. Take away all of the cameras. Done.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But then they will have to raise taxes to cover the loss!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank god someone is blocking this legislation. Any idea when the EU want to impose this new set of laws?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The EU as traffic cop? Okay, so who gets the proceeds? Is the EU in $$$ trouble? Here stateside, this is the first sign of a municipality in dire straights. That's when the cops become the robbers, they send the cops to do a little "fund raising".
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm all hot blooded over this archaic comment system! Check it and see!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The AB comment system totally blows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, you don't have double vision. This is just the "suckage" of the AB comment system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What? Britain doesn't want more ridiculous laws? Hell must be freezing over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More amusing - the UK uses traffic cameras.

        Perhaps the French & German cameras can be programmed to only target UK plates?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The EU as traffic cop? Okay, so who gets the proceeds? Is the EU in $$$ trouble? Here stateside, this is the first sign of a municipality in dire straights. That's when the cops become the robbers, the send the cops to do a little "fund raising".
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