Speed limit exemption for the taxman

Article Chris Ebbs
Nov 30, 2012

Rules that allow ambulance and police drivers to break speed limits could be extended to the taxman under proposed plans from the Government.

Rules that allow ambulance and police drivers to break speed limits could be extended to the taxman under proposed plans from the Government.

The Department of Transport (DfT) could soon expand the list of emergency services exempt from speed limits in the UK. Other services that will be added include bomb disposal units, vehicles carrying organs for transplant and the secret service.

However, under the plans, the HM Revenue and Custom (HMRC) could also get permission to exceed speed limits. The proposal claims that officers at the HMRC monitor suspects “involved in major organised crime”.

A spokesman from HMRC also claimed that it had applied for the exemption to the Road Traffic Act so that certain officers could “fulfil their duties, which include surveillance and arrest”.

The documents for the plans admit that increasing the number of vehicles exempt from speed limits could compromise road safety.

It was revealed in the House of Commons earlier this month that 156 people have been killed in accidents with police pursuits since 2004. 

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