Fixed penalty fines for foreign drivers
1 April 2009

Foreign drivers who break the law in the UK can now be given fixed penalty fines.

Offenders will also get points on their UK driving record and could be banned from driving in England and Wales.

Previously police were only able to arrest foreign motorists for serious offences such as drink-driving.

The police can now collect on-the-spot payments from offenders who cannot provide a satisfactory UK address.

Fixed penalty fines range from £30 to £200. For instance, those caught speeding or using their mobile while driving face a fine of £60.

Within the new rules the Department for Transport also revealed that, for the first time, examiners from the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to heavy goods vehicle drivers from both the UK and abroad.

Jim Fitzpatrick, Road Safety Minister, said: "We want to keep our roads as safe as possible and these tough new measures mean that any driver who breaks the rules of the road - putting themselves and others at risk - will have to face the consequences.

"The only way for drivers and hauliers to avoid tough penalties will be to obey our traffic laws and ensure their vehicles are fully roadworthy."

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic
  • First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The newest version of Rolls-Royce's flagship model sets new standards for opulence and luxury whether you're driving it or being driven in it
  • Used BMW M135i
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    We have bought a used BMW M135i to see how far we can improve this rear-wheel-drive hot hatch
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
    First Drive
    19 March 2018
    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class could be all the estate car you’ll ever want — or it could be overkill. Let’s see which...
  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?