Road safety groups welcome Cross-Border Enforcement Directive progress
The adoption of the directive would mean that drivers could be prosecuted in their member state for driving offences committed in other member states.
The offences would include the main ones causing death and serious injury in the EU: speeding, drink driving and non-use of seat belts, as well as drug driving and mobile phone use whilst driving.
The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) congratulated MEPs for their vote on the legislation.
President Roar Skjelbred Larsen said: ‘For many years, TISPOL has been calling for this legislation, as our members frequently report problems caused by drivers flouting traffic laws when away from their home country. This agreement should lead to much more fairness in the enforcement of traffic laws across the EU, as well as showing a commitment to the target of halving road deaths for the 2011-2020 decade.
‘Not only will it become much harder to drive away from justice, but also I believe many lives will be saved as a result of this legislation.’
The European Transport Safety Council also greeted the vote. Antonio Avenoso, ETSC executive director, said: ‘This directive plugs an important gap in the enforcement of traffic laws across the EU. It also shows a good level of commitment to the target of halving road deaths for the 2011-2020 decade.’
Mr Avenoso also added his comments on the decisions of the UK and Irish governments earlier this year not to opt in to the directive. He commented: ‘We hope that the newly formed Irish government will opt-in on the directive. We also urge the UK government to acknowledge the importance of the directive for law enforcement and thus opt-in as soon as possible.
‘We urge these two countries’ governments to not delay their opt-in procedures.’