British drivers caught speeding in France will no longer be able to avoid fines under new rules set to come into force in 2017.
Half-a-million drivers from the UK are caught exceeding the speed limit in France each year. The Gendarme (French police) do not chase fines from foreign cars unless they are caught red handed which involves an on-the-spot fine.
It’s difficult for them to track down those caught on camera as Britain opted out of a 2011 EU directive on road safety.
Police in Europe will be given the right to access British motorists’ details from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
“We need to make sure there are safeguards for UK drivers so that if (foreign police) have made a mistake, they have the right to challenge,” Paul Watters, the AA’s head of roads policy, said. “The way the offences are dealt with differs from country to country.”
It remains unclear exactly how motorists who fail to pay speeding fines incurred in another EU country will be pursued.
Mr Watters said it could be a minefield of red tape: “Administratively it could be a potential problem. We need to ensure the processes are satisfactory so they don’t lose paperwork.”
It is still unclear whether outstanding fines owed by British motorists will be chased up by the French Authorities.