The UK, Ireland and Denmark have opted out of new European Union legislation under which drivers will face increased likelihood of prosecution for breaking traffic laws across the EU.
The deadline for EU Member States to implement the new legislation (Directive 2011/82/EU) is 7 November 2013. The move will facilitate the cross border exchange of information on road safety related traffic offences.
The following road safety related offences are specifically mentioned in the EU Directive: speeding; not using a seatbelt; red light running; drink and drug driving; not wearing a motorcycle helmet; illegally using a mobile phone; and using a forbidden lane.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says the new legislation “has a considerable life-saving potential and will help improve road safety across the EU”.
Antonio Avenoso, ETSC executive director, said: “Traffic laws apply to all drivers, regardless of the country where their vehicle is registered.
“We ask all drivers going abroad to access information (about traffic laws in the country they are visiting) and comply with the traffic rules.”
ETSC is encouraging the UK, Ireland and Denmark to opt-in “as soon as possible”, adding that “neighbouring States would also benefit from them opting in”.
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