Pendle MP backs clampdown on rogue foreign cars

Andrew Stephenson

Andrew Stephenson

First published in Pendle

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed evidence of a Government clampdown on foreign vehicles being driven in the UK without been registered.

The news comes after evidence emerged of a rise in out of court settlements and it was confirmed a new enforcement process is being piloted.

It is legal to drive a foreign registered vehicle for up to six months.

After that, it needs to be registered by law and drivers caught breaking the rules get written to and offered an out of court settlement.

Pendle residents had contacted Mr Stephenson to raise concerns that the six-month restriction was not being enforced after seeing a rise in foreign number plates.

According to answer’s Mr Stephenson received after raising concerns in Parliament, 2014 is on course to see a record number of out of court settlement letters issued by the DVLA.

Since April, 237 have been issued – way more than the 84 issued during the whole of the previous financial year.

Mr Stephenson said: “This is evidence that the problem is finally being taken seriously by the DVLA after allowing it to go unaddressed for too long.

“I welcome the rise in enforcement action.”

The DVLA is also working with the police to pilot a new enforcement process that will involve the DVLA providing police forces with registration numbers of foreign registered vehicles that may have overstayed.

But Mr Stephenson said different government departments would have to commuicate to make the campaign a success.

He said: “Different arms of Government need to work together on this.

“I am pleased this is now happening, but there is still more work needed.”

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6:51pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Legal Beagle says...

It's still a good deal for dodgy drivers to drive foreign registered cars. If they get caught they just pay an out of court settlement, which is based on the excise duty they should have paid, and is summat or nowt.

If they don't get caught they can carry on driving round effectively exempt from speed cameras, parking tickets etc, etc.
It's still a good deal for dodgy drivers to drive foreign registered cars. If they get caught they just pay an out of court settlement, which is based on the excise duty they should have paid, and is summat or nowt. If they don't get caught they can carry on driving round effectively exempt from speed cameras, parking tickets etc, etc. Legal Beagle
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9:52pm Tue 1 Jul 14

will12 says...

Shame he doesn't get on the case of illegal plates, illegal blacked out windows, non wearing of seat-belts, using mobile phones and the blatant abuse of driving without insurance !!!!!! which is in plain view every day !!!! oops have I not been politically correct !!!!!...............
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... My apologies to the cars, they are the innocent party !!! Oh, and I forgot, they don't, or can't read, as the speed limit is 30mph !!!! All these Crimes and yet nothing is done, or should I say, they prosecute the tip of the iceberg !!!! Yet who was responsible for cutting the Police Numbers? Employ more Bobbies and they would pay for themselves and more!!!!
Shame he doesn't get on the case of illegal plates, illegal blacked out windows, non wearing of seat-belts, using mobile phones and the blatant abuse of driving without insurance !!!!!! which is in plain view every day !!!! oops have I not been politically correct !!!!!............... .................... .................... ... My apologies to the cars, they are the innocent party !!! Oh, and I forgot, they don't, or can't read, as the speed limit is 30mph !!!! All these Crimes and yet nothing is done, or should I say, they prosecute the tip of the iceberg !!!! Yet who was responsible for cutting the Police Numbers? Employ more Bobbies and they would pay for themselves and more!!!! will12
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5:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

will12 wrote:
Shame he doesn't get on the case of illegal plates, illegal blacked out windows, non wearing of seat-belts, using mobile phones and the blatant abuse of driving without insurance !!!!!! which is in plain view every day !!!! oops have I not been politically correct !!!!!...............

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... My apologies to the cars, they are the innocent party !!! Oh, and I forgot, they don't, or can't read, as the speed limit is 30mph !!!! All these Crimes and yet nothing is done, or should I say, they prosecute the tip of the iceberg !!!! Yet who was responsible for cutting the Police Numbers? Employ more Bobbies and they would pay for themselves and more!!!!
I e-mailed Stephenson about 4 years ago about the amount of high performance cars and very expensive cars £40/50.000 being driven round Nelson by young Asians who have no visible means of support and he said there wasn't any cars like that in Nelson!!!
[quote][p][bold]will12[/bold] wrote: Shame he doesn't get on the case of illegal plates, illegal blacked out windows, non wearing of seat-belts, using mobile phones and the blatant abuse of driving without insurance !!!!!! which is in plain view every day !!!! oops have I not been politically correct !!!!!............... .................... .................... ... My apologies to the cars, they are the innocent party !!! Oh, and I forgot, they don't, or can't read, as the speed limit is 30mph !!!! All these Crimes and yet nothing is done, or should I say, they prosecute the tip of the iceberg !!!! Yet who was responsible for cutting the Police Numbers? Employ more Bobbies and they would pay for themselves and more!!!![/p][/quote]I e-mailed Stephenson about 4 years ago about the amount of high performance cars and very expensive cars £40/50.000 being driven round Nelson by young Asians who have no visible means of support and he said there wasn't any cars like that in Nelson!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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