The French police are demanding details for 210,000 British drivers as early as 2019
The French police are capitalizing on the rules that enable them to chase British drivers by requesting information from more than 210,000 drivers since February
- Foreign police now have the authority to track down Britons who violate traffic rules
- The United Kingdom signed the mutual legal assistance or MLA scheme in 2017
- This allowed European troops to request driver information from the DVLA
- Frans has already requested 212,878 data between February and May this year
- Holidaymakers are warned to be careful in France this summer
British holiday makers are warned not to violate traffic rules in France this summer, because new rules mean that the chance of escaping undisputed speeding is considerably smaller than before.
Under an agreement called mutual legal assistance, European police forces can request details of vehicle owners registered in Great Britain who have gone too fast or have committed other traffic violations in their country through the Driver and Vehicle License Office to impose fines.
And according to new data, the DVLA received more than 210,000 of these requests from the French gendarmes between February and May this year.
No escape: since the beginning of 2019, the French police have requested the details of more than 210,000 British drivers who have violated car driving laws in their country, according to a new report
The United Kingdom signed the MLA scheme in May 2017.
The alliance makes it much easier for police from different countries to work together and share information about drivers who have violated laws in countries where they do not live.
A foreign police force can ask the British authorities for information about the driver and under the MLA system the DVLA must provide their data.
Automated fines are then sent to motorists in the mail.
A recent report states that nearly two thousand requests for information about British drivers were requested by foreign police at the end of 2000, but it seems that this has accelerated enormously in recent months.
Figures obtained on the basis of a Freedom of Information request from AlcoSense Breathalysers show that the French authorities alone had applied for 212,878 months in four months until the end of May 2019.
A spokesperson for the French inter-ministerial road safety representative confirmed that: "Non-payment of the fine leads to legal proceedings regardless of nationality. There is no impunity. & # 39;
British drivers are warned that they will be prosecuted at a later date for various crimes committed in France.
Under the MLA (mutual legal assistance) scheme, the DVLA must provide details of the owner of a British registered vehicle to foreign police who have determined that the driver has committed a violation
Most of the questions asked are related to traffic violations such as speeding, turning on red lights and using cell phones at the wheel
In addition to standard offenses such as speeding and drunk driving, other French authoritarian laws include a prohibition on the use of headsets or headphones while driving, and the requirement to bring spare glasses when they are behind the wheel.
There are also specific items that all motorists are legally obliged to wear in or around their car and if you don't have them, you can have them land in hot water.
These include a high-quality jacket for each passenger, a warning triangle, spare lamps, headlight beam protectors, a GB sticker and an & # 39; NF-approved & # 39; single-use breath analyzer.
Of course, most of these should be stopped by the police and a fine issued on the spot, meaning that requests for details are unlikely – although those who do not pay for this data can be included in the figures.
The drink drive limit is also lower in France, with 0.5 mg of alcohol per milliliter of blood (0.25 milligrams per liter of breath), compared to 0.8 mg (0.35 milligrams per liter of breath) in England and Wales.
Drivers with less than three years of experience are subject to an even lower 0.2 mg limit in France (0.10 milligrams per liter of breath).
Once the details of a vehicle owner have been handed over to the French police, they can then issue fines in the mail
& # 39; UK motorists are required by law to transport an NF approved breath analyzer in France, and it may be vital to perform self-test the next day to ensure that you are below the lower beverage limit drives & # 39 ;, says Hunter Abbott, managing director of AlcoSense. Laboratories.
The French Parliament has also passed legislation to issue a & # 39; virtual criminal driving license & # 39; for foreigners who do not reside in France and commit traffic offenses.
The British drivers are expected to enter into force within a few months, just like a Frenchman, losing points on their & # 39; driver's license & # 39 ;. Losing all 12 points would lead to an automatic driving ban in France.
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