ETSC welcomes cross-border enforcement focus by Belgian EU Presidency
The ETSC highlights how both the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency are keen to make headway in finding agreement and adds its view that 'such legislation is a dire necessity at the time of growing non-resident traffic, widening national automated safety camera networks and complex cross-border problems posed by offenders, which current bi-lateral and multilateral cooperation agreements are often unable to deal with. This will bring an end to impunity and discrimination and ensure equal treatment of citizens across the EU.'
‘The Cross Border Enforcement dossier is now ripe for being reconsidered by the EU Member States. ETSC welcomes that Belgian State Secretary for Mobility Etienne Schouppe has announced that this will be an important priority for Belgium,’ said Antonio Avenoso, ETSC executive director. ‘We call on all actors – European Commission, European Parliament and the other Member States – to support the Belgian Presidency in adopting a revised Directive on Cross Border Enforcement in order to end this unacceptable impunity and to save lives on our roads.’
Martin van Houtte, executive director of the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BIVV-IBSR), commented: 'Belgium has the chance to shine on the European road safety stage during its Presidency. As well as showing strong leadership in forging ahead with the Cross Border Enforcement Directive, in the case of drink driving, we can present to other Member States how an integrated approach of enforcement and communication optimise the effect on safe behaviour. We can also encourage other member states to develop collaboration with police forces through a network of local police officers.’