Foreign diplomats working in London owe millions in unpaid parking fines, congestion charge debts and business rates, figures show.

A total of 4,737 parking fines were incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in 2017, totalling £444,618 – £271,175 of which is still unpaid.

The worst offender is Nigeria, whose diplomats have racked up £39,225 in outstanding fines. Zambia is second with £20,450 still owed.

Saudi Arabia is the third on the list (owing £18,535) while the worst European embassy is France, whose diplomats owe £4,960. A total of 37 countries have more than £1,000 in outstanding fines.

The Foreign Office figures show that diplomats in London have racked up congestion charge debts of £110million since its introduction in 2003.

The worst offender is the US, which owes £11.9million, followed by Japan, Nigeria, Russia, India and Germany.

Many countries also owe large amounts in business rates. The figure now stands at £1.5million – up 43 per cent on the previous year. Sudan has the highest debt (£137,122), followed by Iran and Zimbabwe.

Source : Daily Mail UK

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