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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-03-2019, 18:19 Thread Starter
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Driving Licence Info Abroad

Do foreign authorities (police, etc) have access to British drivers licence information when driving abroad? I’m not in trouble, honest, it’s just one of those things that have come up in conversation and no one seems to have an answer.

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Depends what info you mean..............................certainly the MOT site gives details of the vehicle and its weight class.

It's easily available and the reason I stopped trying to pass off as 3500 for vignettes using a good copy of my original V5.............it clearly shows we are 3850
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Depends what info you mean..............................certainly the MOT site gives details of the vehicle and its weight class.

It's easily available and the reason I stopped trying to pass off as 3500 for vignettes using a good copy of my original V5.............it clearly shows we are 3850
Naughty Actually your reply reminded me of a motorhome owner on the pitch next to us in Switzerland who did the same thing. The trouble was that he only stayed for a week before returning home. This ment that it would have been cheaper for him to have declared his over 3500kg weight rather than than the false one (SF25 against SF40) plus the risk of a hefty fine if caught. He wasn’t a happy bunny when he found out!

My question was more to do with foreign police being able to tap into the DVLA to gain info, perhaps on a reciprocal basis.

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Info here.....

https://www.theaa.com/european-break...offence-abroad

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I have today heard of a UK driver, travelling back in his Range Rover from skiing at half- term and obviously forgetting that 110 or 130 means kph not mph....

He was flashed twice on one journey and when he got back to the UK two 90€ fine letters (reduced to 45€ if paid within 28 days of the date of the offence....)

So they CAN use the info and issue the fines, I would be very wary of ignoring them if you hear of anyone or happen to encounter one......
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I have today heard of a UK driver, travelling back in his Range Rover from skiing at half- term and obviously forgetting that 110 or 130 means kph not mph....

He was flashed twice on one journey and when he got back to the UK two 90€ fine letters (reduced to 45€ if paid within 28 days of the date of the offence....)

So they CAN use the info and issue the fines, I would be very wary of ignoring them if you hear of anyone or happen to encounter one......
That scenario involves a foreign authority having access to the KEEPERS details, not anyone’s driving licence.

If a French resident is convicted of an endorseable offence in the U.K. there is NO facility to impose points on their French licence. they will get penalty points imposed on a “ghost” U.K. driving licence under their details. So, in the event of them emigrating to the U.K. and apply for a U.K. licence those points will then show up!

I would strongly suspect the same is true for a U.K. licence holder being prosecuted in France. Especially as in France you start with 12 points and they are REMOVED in the event of an offence. Disqualification comes at zero points which is 180° different to the U.K. penalty points system.

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Sorry Andy,

I think you may have misread what I entered, this was a U.K. registered vehicle and was being driven by it's registered keeper, when they arrived back from their trip there were two letters each with the 90€ fine.

I never mentioned French registered or anything similar. Simply that a UK driver had incurred two fines while in France which had been followed through, presumably via the DVLA.

It was simply a warning not to speed in France as it can follow you back. Whether he paid etc. I have no clue, I am not discussing or mentioning points just the fines.

Such a thing has been possible since 2017 although it does not seem to have been used often AFAIK. But it does exist.

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Sorry Andy,

I think you may have misread what I entered, this was a U.K. registered vehicle and was being driven by it's registered keeper, when they arrived back from their trip there were two letters each with the 90€ fine.

I never mentioned French registered or anything similar. Simply that a UK driver had incurred two fines while in France which had been followed through, presumably via the DVLA.

It was simply a warning not to speed in France as it can follow you back. Whether he paid etc. I have no clue, I am not discussing or mentioning points just the fines.

Such a thing has been possible since 2017 although it does not seem to have been used often AFAIK. But it does exist.
This is the first instance Ive heard of this happening Dave. I know a few people who have had fines from hire cars follow them home but ive never heard of one where its the owners UK registered vehicle. It was bound to happen I guess. The only issue long termers (like me) might find is if your away for several months and you get flashed on your first day will the fine keep going up and up?

I know the answer is not to speed and I dont as a rule but I still managed to get flashed several times on our last trip.

As for the rozzers having access to your details I am pretty sure they do as I saw a post from someone on another motorhome forum where they were stopped in Romania I think and the cops had Tablets and brought up all the details dead easy apparently.


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