He wants to put an end to the impunity of reckless driving European Parliament. What is true today is that if a driver lose the diploma due to a traffic offense in a different EU country than the one that issued the license, in most cases the sanction is imposed only 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 removal of a driver's license will apply to all EU countries, the new rules require that this decision be forwarded to the country that issued the diploma.
Parliament proposes to appoint deadline of 10 working days for the exchange of information between Member States on these decisions, as well as deadline of 15 working days to decide whether the driving ban will apply throughout the EU. The driver should be informed of the final decision within 7 working daysthe MEPs add.
The rapporteur Petar Vitanov (Socialists, Bulgaria) stated: “I believe that this directive will contribute not only in reducing traffic accidents, but also to better raise awareness among citizens for more responsible driving, increasing their willingness to follow the rules and accept the consequences of their violation, regardless of where they lead in the EU.»
The plan was approved with 372 votes in favor, 220 against and 43 abstentions. 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 will continue work on this legislation.
It is noted that the rules for disqualification from driving are part of the road safety package presented by the European Commission in March 2023, which also includes measures to cross-border exchange of information on the rules for traffic offences, which are currently under negotiation with the European Council.
The package aims to in improving security for all users of the road network and moving to as close as possible to zero deaths in road transport until 2050.
Finally, we remind you that on early December its MEPs Committee of Transport and Tourism they suggested driving licenses to have validity of at least 15 years for motorcycles and cars, while for buses and trucks at least 5 years. Read in detail what applies by clicking HERE.
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