UK Drivers Won't Get Speeding Fines In Europe Thanks To Brexit

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European authorities won't be able to enforce speeding fines to UK drivers caught by speed cameras.

While the global pandemic continues to dominate news headlines, the UK is facing another challenge this year: Brexit. As of December 30, 2020, the UK is officially no longer a part of the European Union. The transition period started last year, culminating in a last-minute trade agreement welcomed by the UK car manufacturers that rely on imported parts supplied by Europe for models like the Jaguar F-Type, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, and Bentley Continental GT.

But Brexit will pose other challenges for the UK car industry. According to Auto Express, speeding drivers from the UK caught by speed cameras in European Union Countries are now unlikely to be fined.

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Previously, a directive known as the Cross Border Enforcement introduced in 2015 allowed authorities in European countries to pursue drivers for driving offences such as speeding if their car was registered in a European Union country. Since the UK is no longer part of the European Union, this is no longer in force.

Over half a million UK drivers are caught by speed cameras each year in France, but they will no longer face penalties when returning to the UK. As a result, it's estimated the French authorities will lose as much as €60 million ($72,856) in revenue.

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This works both ways, however: UK police also can't fine European drivers caught by speed cameras in the UK. However, speeding UK drivers caught by traffic police instead of a camera can still be penalized. Likewise, European drivers "without a satisfactory UK address" caught speeding in the UK can also be fined if they are caught by traffic cops. This loophole may not last for long, however, as French police are trying to arrange an agreement with the UK that will allow cross-boarder speeding penalties to be reinforced, but this could take several years.

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