Last year the number of cases rose by 30%
According to new data, the number of holidaymakers from the UK being investigated for a motoring offence whilst driving abroad has risen sharply.
Thomson Reuters obtained a Freedom of Information request from the Home Office to find out information regarding motorists driving overseas and their research found that applications by foreign prosecutors looking for help in tracking down motorists from the UK had jumped up by 30% last year to 1,625.
In 2014, the number of cases stood at just 138, whilst in 2015 they increased to 1,272 cases.
The increase in requests since 2014 is believed to be down to the introduction of new EU laws, which enable the sharing of driver details from country to country.
According to the editor of legal guide Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences, Kevin McCormac, the new EU laws now mean there’s less places to hide for UK motorists driving abroad.
Mr McCormac says British drivers travelling abroad should check road traffic laws of their intended destination before setting off to ensure they don’t end up with a huge fine or legal proceedings being brough against them.
“It has never been easier for foreign prosecutors to request information to track down British drivers,” added Mr McCormac.
Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) consists of cooperation between different countries in obtaining assistance in the investigation or prosecution of criminal offences.
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