Over 4,000 foreign drivers escape speeding offences in Scotland

4 November 2014


(This release contains regional breakdowns)

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has found that foreign drivers have escaped 4,073 speeding offences in the last twelve months.1 The figures were revealed following a freedom of information request to Police Scotland, which asked how many foreign motorists had been caught by speed cameras across Scotland. As foreign vehicles are not registered with the DVLA these speeding offences are not pursued.2

The highest number of foreign speeding offences were:

  • 1. Lothian and Borders, with a reported 3,182 offences and the top recorded speed of 106mph in a 70mph limit
  • 2. Tayside, with a reported 252 offences and the top recorded speed of 98mph in a 70mph limit
  • 3. North East Scotland, with a reported 199 offences and the top recorded speed of 108mph in a 70mph limit
  • 4. Dumfries and Galloway, with a reported 139 offences and the top recorded speed of 98mph in a 70mph limit
  • 5. Northern (Highland and Islands), with a reported 131 offences and the top recorded speed of 99mph in a 60mph limit

The locations of the highest recorded speeds were:

1. 108mph on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen near Mill of Forest Stonehaven Aberdeenshire (70mph limit)

2. 106mph on the A1 at Gladsmuir, East Lothian (70mph limit)

3. 99mph on the A9 approximately half mile south of The Mound near Golspie Highland (60mph limit)

4. 98 mph on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen Road at Waterston Road Angus (70mph limit)

5. 98mph on the A74(M) Glasgow – Carlisle Road Southbound Carriageway near Junction 19 Ecclefechan

IAM’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig said: “The high numbers of foreign speeders on our roads show how important it is that Scotland joins up with the rest of Europe to harmonise motoring offences and give the police extra powers to pursue dangerous drivers. Progress on this issue has been very slow and in the meantime thousands of drivers are avoiding fines and bans simply because their cars cannot be easily traced. By including cross border enforcement among new devolved powers the Scottish government could further enhance its road safety credentials and deliver safer roads even sooner”.



Notes to editors:


  1. Our Freedom of information request asked for figures for twelve months from August 2013 to July 2014. The actual figures supplied by Scotland Police were:
  2. On 6 May 2014 the European Court changed the basis of EU directive (2011/82/EU) on cross border enforcement so that the UK can no longer opt out. It covers mutual access to information to trace vehicle owners involved in eight key road safety offences – speeding/seat belt use/red traffic lights running/drink driving/ drug driving/ helmet use/ use of forbidden lanes/mobile phone use. Detailed negotiations are now underway at a European level to implement the changes but a final implementation date for the UK is not yet set.
  3. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

Safety Camera Partnerships

Number of Foreign vehicles detected speeding

Action taken

Highest speed (mph) of a Foreign vehicle

Location of Highest speed



No action


A9 near to Allan Water Dunblane

Dumfries and Galloway


No action


A74(M) Glasgow – Carlisle Road Southbound Carriageway Near To North Overbridge Junction 19 Ecclefechan



No action


A92 Cowdenbeath To Lochgelly Road

Northern (Higlands & Islands)


No action


A9(T) public road approximately 1/2 mile south of The Mound by Golspie Highland



No action


A90 Dundee To Aberdeen Road at Waterston Road Angus

Lothian & Borders


No action


A1 Road Gladsmuir East Lothian

NESCAMP (Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire)


No action


A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road near Mill of Forest Stonehaven Aberdeenshire



No action


A74(M)/M74 northbound Abington near to Junction 13




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