EU aims to tackle traffic offences committed overseas
- Published on Thursday, 07 July 2011 14:53
- Written by Scott Buckler
The European Union (EU) has announced a new crackdown on those who commit driving offences in another country (July 7th)
A vote has been held in the European Parliament, with MEPs in favour of punishing those who break motoring rules abroad, including those most likely to contribute towards road deaths in the EU.
Common causes of fatalities include running traffic lights, failing to wear seatbelts, speeding and drink driving, with foreign motorists three times more likely than resident drivers to commit offences.
As a result a new directive has been proposed regarding cross-border enforcement of road safety policies and an agreement has been reached on text relating to traffic offences.
"Many people still seem to think that when they go abroad the rules no longer apply to them," Simm Kallas, vice-president of the European Commission, explained.
"My message is that they do apply and now we are going to apply them."
Any motorists driving in Europe should ensure they have valid driving licence and paper counterpart if necessary with them at all times.
Source: CILT UK