European treaty targets foreign speedsters

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28 June 2005, BRUSSELS — Responding to concerns foreign motorists are escaping speeding fines in Belgium, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said a new European treaty aims to combat cross-border offences. The Liberal VLD minister said the treaty allows police to consult foreign databanks containing car number plate details. This will lead to the identification of foreign speedsters and their eventual prosecution.

28 June 2005

BRUSSELS — Responding to concerns foreign motorists are escaping speeding fines in Belgium, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said a new European treaty aims to combat cross-border offences.
 
The Liberal VLD minister said the treaty allows police to consult foreign databanks containing car number plate details. This will lead to the identification of foreign speedsters and their eventual prosecution.

Dewael was responding to Brugge public prosecutor Jean-Marie Berkvens, who complained on Monday foreigners caught on camera breaking the speed limit in Belgium often go unscathed.

The prosecutor said police in neighbouring countries are not prepared to identify the motorists. This leads to legal inequality given the fact Belgian drivers are forced to pay stiff fines, Berkvens said.

Justice Ministry figures reveal that between 1 January and now, 92,485 foreign motorists were caught on camera driving too fast. Of them, 36,868 have paid a fine, 23,767 cases will be filed without further process and 31,850 motorists must still be identified, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Tuesday.

However, Dewael said a treaty signed on 28 May between the Benelux nations (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Germany, Spain, Austria and France is aimed at improving international police co-operation.
 
One aspect of the treaty is that national databanks will be placed at the mutual disposal of national and foreign police. One of these databanks includes a list of registered car number plates and the details of car owners.

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Subject: Belgian news

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