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Caught Speeding Abroad

 

This is a very common question we are often asked, as so many of us hire cars whilst we are enjoying our summer holidays, wanting to explore the scenery!  We are often faced with upset holiday makers after they have returned home after their glorious summer holiday to be met with a nasty looking letter arrive on their door step!

 

Did you know that Italian authorities have to up 360 days after they have obtained a driver’s details to make contact; however in Germany that time limit is just three months!

 

In May 2017 the UK joined the directive set up by the EU to share driver’s details across borders for certain driving offences including speeding, drink driving, drug driving, mobile phone offences etc.

 

This means that if you commit one of the offences listed within the regulation, the DVLA is required to provide details of the registered keeper/owner at the time of the alleged offence. However, if you gain points abroad they will not usually end up on your UK licence.

 

Unfortunately we cannot provide advice on defending these matters as it is not within our jurisdiction. We operate solely on matters within England and Wales! You will have to unfortunately make contact with a lawyer within that jurisdiction to given you advice on defending your holiday speeding ticket!

 

As you know the UK is no longer part of the EU, however we are in the transition period whilst the government carries out negotiations with the EU – until then the current rules above are still in force. Will this change in 2021? That is a very good question, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

 

The best piece of advice we can give you, is to stick to the rules of the land in whichever country you visit so that you don’t get a nasty surprise when you return home from your holidays!