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EU votes for the prosecution of foreign drivers

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Drivers of approved used cars need to be aware that they can now be punished for motoring offences committed abroad.

A vote in the European Parliament has decided that offences such as drink driving, speeding and even lights failures - as well as the more serious crimes - can not be pursued after the motorists has returned home.

European Union (EU) figures suggest that around 15 per cent of speeding offences are down to foreign drivers, most of whom never pay the resulting fine.

The new regulations allow for data exchange between member states to find the offending vehicle, at which point a decision can be made as to whether to chase a prosecution.

These proposals will now be sent to member state governments for final ratification before they become law. recently urged motorists to brush up on foreign driving laws before travelling abroad, to avoid unwittingly committing an offence.

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