REVEALED: the foreign embassies in Australia escape with tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid traffic fines
- Foreign embassies, including Ghana and Sudan, owe heavy traffic violations
- A total of $ 52,000 is due from various embassies in Australia for traffic fines
- Despite thousands of people involved, they cannot be charged or tried
Australian foreign embassies owe thousands of dollars in unpaid traffic violations, some of which date four years ago.
Documents show that embassies, including Ghana, Sudan and Romania, all owed high sums for speeding and traffic violations, totaling more than $ 52,000.
In documents obtained by 9 news, The High Commission of Ghana owed the most, with more than $ 12,000 in unpaid fines.
It was discovered that more than $ 52,000 was due to various traffic violations from various foreign embassies in Australia (file image)
The Commission said it "carried out internal investigations to facilitate the identification and appointment of drivers of the infringing vehicles".
Sudan also appeared to owe large amounts, with reports showing that $ 11,000 was due.
& # 39; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade expects diplomats to obey Australia's laws and immediately pay fines & # 39 ;, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
DFAT regularly reminds diplomats to abide by Australia's traffic rules, & # 39;
Those involved have immunity from national and civil jurisdiction, meaning that traffic violations cannot be enforced in Australian courts without renouncing their state.
Data subjects may not be taxed for diplomatic immunity, which means that thousands of fines remain unpaid (file image)
In the event of serious or repeated traffic violations, permits can be suspended and the person removed from the country.
Other embassies that owe payment for traffic violations are Japan, the US, Indonesia, Russia and Afghanistan.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Ministry of the Interior and the High Commission of Ghana for comments.
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news