‘Euro - driving licences’ … A thing of the future?

Following the recent approval of a European Union Directive (640 MEP’s for, 61 MEP’s against), each of the 28 EU member states is to have a designated 'national contact point' enabling police and prosecuting authorities to access a database of motorists to trace foreign drivers.

Presently, it is difficult for police and prosecuting authorities to identify foreign drivers who commit motoring offences such as speeding when they are abroad.

In the main part, this is due to the fact that information about drivers does not tend to be shared between EU member states. Foreign drivers generally only face fines when (1) they are stopped by the police at the roadside or (2) the vehicle is a hire car and information is obtained from the hire company.

The new ‘cross border enforcement’ provisions should make it easier for information to be obtained, for drivers to be identified and for a fine to be imposed.

Many EU countries already have cross border enforcement provisions in place, but the UK and other countries such as Ireland and Denmark have yet to follow suit. We will have until 2017 to implement the necessary measures.

Next year, it is anticipated that there will be further reviews concerning:

  • The procedure for non-payment of fines.
  • Whether penalty points could also be harmonized.

So, watch this space. It seems that your euro-driving licence might be just around the corner!

M23Law Nationwide Motoring Solicitors

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