The other week we reported how a BBC investigation revealed that fake full UK driving licences were being provided to drivers from non-EU countries where the driving standards are not as tightly monitored as in the UK, meaning that the drivers would be unqualified to drive on British roads. Due to this revelation, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond has changed the rules so that drivers from non-EU countries must now provide documentation proving they have passed a driving test of the same standard as on in Britain when they first come to the country, whereas previously drivers were allowed to be on the UK roads for a year before having to apply for a new licence.
And now it has been revealed that there are around fifteen thousand illegal cars on Britain’s roads as well, which come from foreign countries and have not been tested or even be road-worthy. Stephen Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire and a member of the Public Accounts Select Committee, has commented on figures that the Department of Transport released showing that not only is there a large amount of illegal cars on UK roads, but also that only four were caught last year, and even then no prosecution was made. Currently, the law states that a car can be brought into the UK and used for up to six months before paying for MOTs, registration fees, car insurance, and road tax, however many are going over this limited thus endangering themselves and others
Mr Barclay said: “The figures released by the Department for Transport reveal that last year they caught only four out of an estimated 15,000 foreign vehicles using Britain’s roads illegally. And of those owners that were caught none were prosecuted. This is an issue of both safety and fairness. MOTs on older cars ensure that they are roadworthy, but many countries, for example those in Eastern Europe have less rigorous standards. If cars from these countries are to be used long term on Britain’s roads they should adhere to the same standards in order to protect their drivers and other road users.”
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond has responded to this new information, and said: “I am keen to see that the law in this area is effectively enforced and I have contacted the Association of Chief Police Officers to offer any support I can give in making sure this is done. All vehicles on the road must abide by the same rules whether they are registered here or abroad and that includes making sure that the vehicle is road worthy.”