The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has welcomed a political agreement on road safety and the Cross Border Enforcement Directive, which was adopted by EU transport ministers at a recent Transport Council meeting.
The main objective of the new directive is to introduce a system of exchanging information to enable road safety related traffic offences, committed by non-resident drivers, to be followed up.
The directive will ensure that the principle of fair and equal treatment will be applied to non-residents, some of whom are acting with impunity and escaping punishment while travelling abroad.
In their conclusions EU ministers also endorsed the new target to reduce road traffic deaths by 50% by 2020.
Antonio Avenoso, ETSC executive director, said: "With the swift adoption of this legislation and other road safety actions the EU Presidency and transport ministers honour the renewed target of halving road deaths by 2020.”