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Cross-border sharing of traffic offender data 12/02/2015 The European Parliament has approved revised rules on the cross-border sharing of traffic offenders’ data. The aim is to ensure that drivers who commit offences while abroad in the EU do not escape fines.

Cross-border sharing of traffic offender data

The European Parliament has approved revised rules on the cross-border sharing of traffic offenders’ data. The aim is to ensure that drivers who commit offences while abroad in the EU do not escape fines.

The cross-border data exchange rules govern how EU member states share their national vehicle registration data in order to track down drivers liable to fines for the following safety-related offences:

  • speeding,
  • not using a seatbelt,
  • failing to stop at red lights,
  • drink driving,
  • driving under the influence of drugs,
  • motorcyclists not wearing a safety helmet,
  • using a forbidden lane, and
  • illegally using a mobile phone, or any other communications device, while  driving.

The changes approved by the Parliament provide a new legal basis (transport safety) for the data exchange rules, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice in May last year, which found that the previous one (police cooperation) was incorrect. This change will allow the rules to be extended to the UK, Ireland and Denmark and should be implemented there within two years.

The agreement still needs the formal approval of the EU Council of Ministers. The current data exchange rules remain in place until 6th May 2015, to allow time for the change of legal basis before the revised ones take effect.
 

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