More than 700 drivers from overseas have escaped speeding fines in Yorkshire, because their vehicles were not registered with the DVLA.
Research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed there are a rising number of cases where the authorities are unable to trace motorists from other countries.
This is largely because the law does not require foreign drivers to register their vehicle until it has been in the country for six months or more.
Humberside and South Yorkshire Police recorded 584 and 120 cases respectively where they were unable to pursue those who had broken the speed limit.
The forces for North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire did not respond to Freedom of Information requests, making it difficult to know the full extent of the problem across the region.
Neil Greig, from the IAM, said: “There’s a DVLA in every country but they just don’t talk to each other. The high numbers of overseas speeders 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.”
Across the whole of England and Wales, 23,300 offences committed by overseas drivers have gone unpunished since January 2013. This adds up to around £2.3million in speeding fines.
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