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Parliamentary questions
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3 May 2017
Question for written answer E-003109-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Helga Stevens (ECR) , Mark Demesmaeker (ECR)

 Subject:  Exchanges of vehicle data
 Answer in writing 

There are still a great many problems with exchanges of data concerning vehicles, and the owners of vehicles with particular registration marks, within the EU. Towns and municipalities find it very difficult to enforce low emission zones (infringements of the relevant rules are not covered by Directive 2015/413 facilitating cross-border exchange of information on road-safety-related traffic offences). If vehicles from other Member States breach the emission limits, it is extremely difficult to gain access to the particulars of their owners. At present, European law does not provide any basis/solution for this, so that it is necessary to make do with applying bilateral or multilateral agreements between Member States (which is time-consuming and not very practical).

1. Will the Commission tackle this loophole in European law and adopt uniform rules on exchanges of vehicle data?

2. What other possibilities are there, and what initiatives does the Commission consider desirable (e.g. in the context of the EUCARIS Treaty or Article 197 TFEU)?

3. Will the Commission conduct a trial project under Article 4 of the IMI Regulation in order to establish whether IMI could possibly be an effective instrument by means of which to exchange vehicle data?

Original language of question: NL 
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