UK starts pilot scheme to crack down on dangerous foreign drivers
In the last year, vehicles registered abroad avoided 23,295 speeding offences, equating to £2.3million in fines, because they could not be traced. A report by the Institute of Advanced Motorists stated that, since foreign vehicles are not currently registered with the DVLA, there is no way for authorities to pursue any offences committed. According to the report, Thames Valley was the area hardest hit, with almost 3,600 offences going unpunished.
However, for the first time, border officials in a selection of six counties will now pass on registration details to the DVLA and police, as part of a pilot project to test the scheme before a national policy is made. The project, to be announced by the Transport Secretary, is also designed to stop foreign drivers from not having to pay tax.
Neil Greig, IAM's director of research, said, "The high numbers of overseas speeders on our roads 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.”
£37million of heroin revealed by car X-ray
A car being imported from Pakistan to England was discovered to have £37million of heroin stashed inside. When X-rayed after coming off the container ship, it was clear that the X-type Jaguar was missing vital components, such as ignition and any electrics, and in their place were 316 packets of heroin.
Noman Qureshi, 32, and Israr Khan, 35, were found guilty of trying to supply Class A drugs, and were sentenced to 21 years and 18 years respectively.