There are believed to be tens of thousands of foreign cars on UK roads that have not been registered with the DVLA, and this means that the cars and their owners cannot be effectively and efficiently tracked. Many police forces do not attempt to impose fines or other penalties on the drivers, because they know that there is too much work involved in chasing the fines, while recent changes to European policing mean that forces from across the EU will be able to access other police databases in order to check details.
Police in the Midlands have been benefiting from the expertise of police officers from eight European countries, who have access to police systems from their own forces, in a bid to try and track down criminals that are behind the wheels in this country, and it is known that a number of arrests were made during the trial.
While there has been a lot of criticism facing the UK’s role in Europe, arguably one of the better features of being part of the Union is that police forces have greater communication, enabling a force in one country to be able to track down, detain, and even deport criminals from another European country.
EU cars are allowed entry into the UK, and they do not need to be registered with the DVLA until they have been in the country for six months. However, because the cars are not logged or registered on arrival, it means that it is easy for the car owner to keep it unregistered for a lot longer than the six months. Prior to registration, it is also easy for the driver to give false information, knowing that it can take considerable time to check, and that is assuming that the officer does check at all.
It is currently unclear whether Project Trivium is to be repeated, or even whether it is meant as a means of educating British officers on how to use the foreign systems that could help them track down illegal drivers and even to catch those criminals that are wanted in other European countries.