It has been revealed that millions of pounds are being lost every year when foreign cars fail to pay their parking tickets.
Scottish councils are losing out due to thousands of parking tickets going unpaid by foreign registered vehicles that can’t be traced.
Local authorities are finding it impossible to recoup the owed money, with the foreign law breakers ignoring the tickets.
Some councils attempt to reclaim the money, but many choose not to waste any time on it.
Strathclyde Police have revealed that tickets issued to foreign vehicles are written off automatically, as number plates that haven’t been registered with the DVLA can’t be processed.
A staggering lb233,993.70 was written off by Edinburgh City Council for the 2008/09 financial year because of unpaid parking fines on foreign-registered vehicles.
“There are a number of reasons why a parking ticket could be written off. It could be because the driver cannot be traced or it could also be because signs or road markings were missing,” a spokeswoman revealed.
A further 89 parking fines totalling lb2670 went unpaid by foreign-registered vehicles since April 2008 in the Fife Council region.
A representative for Fife Council explained: “St Andrews, in Fife, has a higher rate of offences, and foreign drivers, due to the world-famous Old Links Golf Course.”
According to Strathclyde Police, 254 parking tickets went unpaid by foreign-registered vehicles, totalling lb7560.
“When notification that a foreign-registered vehicle has received a parking ticket is received by our central processing department, it is automatically cancelled,” a representative for Strathclyde Police revealed.
“The tickets are unable to be processed through the system if the car is not registered with the DVLA.
“However, in certain circumstances, we will trace the vehicle and owner within their country of residence.”
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