Data provided by news firm Thomson Reuters has shown how UK motorists are now being investigated for driving offences committed whilst abroad.
Figures show how in 2017, the UK received 1,903 requests for drivers information in relation to overseas driving offences; an increase of 20% from the previous year.
These requests are likely to be regarding investigations into speeding and drink driving offences.
The data come from Mutual Legal Assistance [“MLA”] requests, a system whereby countries share information about suspected criminal activities across international borders. It is generally used when such information cannot be procured from police forces.
European prosecution authorities have been able to use MLAs since they came into force in 2015, following the EU Cross Border Directive.
Interestingly, the main use of MLAs seems to be in relation to road traffic offences.
With Brexit still lurking, it is unclear whether the UK will still adhere to the system should ties with Europe be cut.
Kevin McCormac, an editor of Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences, said: “The use of cross-border information requests has upended the legal risks of speeding abroad – foreign prosecutors can and will hunt you down.
“British drivers can expect no letup as more and more foreign prosecutors make use of the legal frameworks at their disposal.
“It can be tough for British drivers abroad as they are unlikely to know the finer details of local road traffic laws in other countries and, as a result, it can be very easy to be caught out.”
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