Brits to avoid steep speeding fines in Europe due to new Brexit rules
BRITS who are caught speeding while in an EU country may avoid being sent driving fines due to new Brexit regulations.
Before Brexit, EU laws allowed sharing of information regarding any drivers caught on speed cameras abroad.
This was under the EU's Cross-Border Enforcement Directive, which has now ended since the UK left the EU on January 1.
Fines are unlikely to be sent from abroad to the UK – although this also works in reverse for European drivers in the UK.
Families can be fined up to £3,360 if speeding in France, one of the most common locations for Brits to be caught over the limit, with fines issued up to a year after the offence.
British drivers were the worst in France, with 444,000 fines, much higher than Spanish, German or Belgian drivers, according to The Times.
Despite the end of information sharing, this doesn't mean Brits can't be caught speeding while still in the country.
Police are still able to fine speeding drivers on the spot or even have the vehicle taken away if more than 50kmph over the limit.
Since the new Brexit deal on January 1, there are a number of new regulations that Brits will have to follow.
Other new driving changes include applying for a green card from your insurer — these can take up to six weeks to process — and taking your driving licence and log book (V5C) if driving in an EU country.
The EHIC scheme is being replaced by the GHIC scheme which, while still a free service, now excludes Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Passports must also have at least six months left on them while in an EU country, instead of simply being in-date, and must not be more than 10 years old.
How long you can stay in the EU has changed as well – Brits can stay up to 90 days per 180 days abroad.
Other aspects of a holiday abroad remain unaffected, including mobile roaming charges.
We've explained everything you can expect ahead of your next holiday to Spain or France following Brexit.
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