Serious traffic offenses such as speeding or drink-driving should lead to a disqualification from driving across the European Union, the European Parliament has proposed.
Currently, if a driver loses their license due to a traffic offense in a different EU country than the one that issued the licence, in most cases the penalty is only imposed in the country where the offense was committed and no restrictions apply in the rest of the EU.
To ensure that the suspension, restriction or withdrawal of a non-resident's driving license applies in all EU countries, the new rules require that this decision be transmitted to the country that issued the licence.
MEPs are proposing to add driving without a license to the list of serious offences, such as drink-driving or a fatal crash, which would lead to the exchange of disqualification information.
Driving 50 km/h over the limit is also one of the serious offenses that can lead to license suspension. MEPs set a lower speed limit for residential areas, meaning driving 30km/h over the speed limit on these roads could result in the loss or suspension of your driving licence.
The European Parliament proposes to set a deadline of ten working days for the exchange of information between Member States on these decisions, as well as a deadline of 15 working days for deciding whether the driving ban will apply across the EU. The driver should be informed of the final decision within seven working days, the MEPs add.
“I believe that this directive will contribute not only to the reduction of traffic accidents, but also to a better awareness of citizens for more responsible driving, increasing their willingness to follow the rules and accept the consequences of their violation, regardless of where they drive in the EU,” said rapporteur Petar Vitanov.
The draft rules were approved with 372 votes in favour, 220 against and 43 abstentions. The Parliament has now completed its first reading and since the Council has not yet adopted its position, the new Parliament to be elected in June 2024 will continue work on the legislation in question.