Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

UK Government refuses to make Welsh roads safer

Local Euro-MP DEREK VAUGHAN has called on the UK Coalition government to reconsider its decision to opt out of plans that would allow the authorities to crack down on foreign drivers speeding on Wales’ roads.

It was recently revealed that Britain has refused to participate in a pan-European scheme to make it possible to issue speeding tickets to drivers from other EU countries.

At present drivers from abroad can ignore British speed cameras because they know that the authorities can't enforce the fine back home.

Now European governments have decided to set up a system that would allow them to impose fines on drivers from other EU countries where they are caught speeding or jumping a red light.

But the government has refused to get involved with the plans, making it easier for drivers from other countries to break our road traffic laws.

Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN has called on the government to take a lead:

"The government must rethink its stance on this issue.

Across Europe we see other countries cooperating to make their roads safer, but Britain is refusing to act.

The decision is outrageous if we consider the 79,000 offences committed on UK roads every year by foreign drivers that will continue to go unpunished.

The Coalition government is putting political dogma before people's safety on our roads."

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