The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) have warmly welcomed an informal political agreement reached last week on revised rules to enable cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding fines.
A European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in May said that the existing rules, which only came into force in November last year, had been adopted on an incorrect legal basis. That decision led the European Commission to publish a revised legal proposal in July, but the ECJ said the new rules had to be agreed within one year of its decision.
Antonio Avenoso, executive director of the ETSC, said: “Foreign-registered drivers have been able to dodge speeding fines and other road safety enforcement measures for far too long in Europe.
“We’re delighted that the EU managed to do a deal on the revised rules in less than five months. This new system will now apply across all 28 EU member states and will help keep our roads safer.”
Ruth Purdie, general secretary of TISPOL, added: “It has always been unfair and unsatisfactory that as many as one in five drivers has been able to escape prosecution for offences such as speeding, because they or their vehicles are from another country.
“Europe-wide adoption of this new proposal will lead to more effective enforcement, which encourages drivers to comply with safety rules and leads to a rapid reduction in deaths and injuries.”
The agreement still needs to be formally approved by the European Parliament and by Member States.