Southampton City Council has ripped up parking fines for foreign drivers who cannot be traced

Council rips up more than £42,000 of parking fines

Council rips up more than £42,000 of parking fines

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

MORE than £42,000 of parking fines handed out to foreign motorists in Southampton have been ripped up as the city council is unable to trace the drivers.

The city council handed out 751 tickets to foreign drivers from April 1 2013 to March 31 2014, but has not been able to trace the drivers due to the fact visitors to the UK do not have to have their cars registered.

That meant that £42,025 in fines had to be ripped up.

Currently, European vehicles can be driven on UK roads for six months before having to register with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, but the Government does not keep a record of the estimated three million vehicles entering the country each year.

The DVLA only records information about non-UK vehicles when they are notified about offences by the police or tip-offs from the public, meaning foreign drivers can return home without their vehicle being registered.

That means council officers in Southampton and elsewhere are left with the impossible task of trying to track down foreign drivers.

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11:44am Sat 2 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

Pop down immigration street
Pop down immigration street mickey01
  • Score: -7

11:47am Sat 2 Aug 14

Turtlebay says...

Wave goodbye to the cash cow!
Wave goodbye to the cash cow! Turtlebay
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Sat 2 Aug 14

thesouth says...

Probably wrongly issued anyway, serves council right
Probably wrongly issued anyway, serves council right thesouth
  • Score: -1

2:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Common sense would suggest it would be more cost effective to not issue tickets to vehicles with foreign plates.
Common sense would suggest it would be more cost effective to not issue tickets to vehicles with foreign plates. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 3

6:59pm Sat 2 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

Quentin Heslop wrote:
Common sense would suggest it would be more cost effective to not issue tickets to vehicles with foreign plates.
Awesome! All I've got to do now is to stick some foreign plates on my car and drive around like a complete and utter maniac and park wherever the heck I liked for however the heck long I like because I have foreign number plates on my car! Thanks!
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: Common sense would suggest it would be more cost effective to not issue tickets to vehicles with foreign plates.[/p][/quote]Awesome! All I've got to do now is to stick some foreign plates on my car and drive around like a complete and utter maniac and park wherever the heck I liked for however the heck long I like because I have foreign number plates on my car! Thanks! 03alpe01
  • Score: 6

9:23am Sun 3 Aug 14

newsknight says...

Question is - will the Daily Echo follow up this article with another regarding the bigger issue - migrants cars remain in this country longer than 6 months and the government do not have a process to record who their owners are - could we have a link to European Countries equivalent DVLA records ? Ah - but if the migrants are living here that won't trace them either!! So - we effectively have a huge number of untraceable vehicles driven by untraceable individuals - nice one!!!!! The migrants are hardly going to 'offer' to pay the price of import and the hassle involved with getting a valid MOT and insurance if they can get away with it - simples :-(
Question is - will the Daily Echo follow up this article with another regarding the bigger issue - migrants cars remain in this country longer than 6 months and the government do not have a process to record who their owners are - could we have a link to European Countries equivalent DVLA records ? Ah - but if the migrants are living here that won't trace them either!! So - we effectively have a huge number of untraceable vehicles driven by untraceable individuals - nice one!!!!! The migrants are hardly going to 'offer' to pay the price of import and the hassle involved with getting a valid MOT and insurance if they can get away with it - simples :-( newsknight
  • Score: 2

9:53am Sun 3 Aug 14

Quentin Heslop says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Quentin Heslop wrote:
Common sense would suggest it would be more cost effective to not issue tickets to vehicles with foreign plates.
Awesome! All I've got to do now is to stick some foreign plates on my car and drive around like a complete and utter maniac and park wherever the heck I liked for however the heck long I like because I have foreign number plates on my car! Thanks!
That would be illegal.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: Common sense would suggest it would be more cost effective to not issue tickets to vehicles with foreign plates.[/p][/quote]Awesome! All I've got to do now is to stick some foreign plates on my car and drive around like a complete and utter maniac and park wherever the heck I liked for however the heck long I like because I have foreign number plates on my car! Thanks![/p][/quote]That would be illegal. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 1

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