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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2019
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-000898/2019

According to Article 5(3) of Directive (EU) 2015/413, the Member State where a road-safety-related traffic offence took place is obliged to send the information letter in the language of the registration document of the vehicle with which the offence has been committed, if available, or in one of the official languages of the Member State of the vehicle’s registration.

This applies to local, regional and federal authorities of that Member State. This indeed means that if the offence was committed with a vehicle registered in Slovenia, the information letter should have been sent in the official language of the country. According to the information available to the Commission, Austria and Italy have adopted the necessary provisions in order to comply with the directive.

If the Commission would find evidence of violations by Austria and Italy of the obligations set out in Article 5(3) of the directive, it would take the necessary measures to enforce EC law as foreseen by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Up to now there have not been any official complaints registered against the implementation of the aforementioned Directive in Italy or Austria that would trigger a check by the European Commission of the compliance with Union law.

Should citizens encounter a practice by a Member State of the European Union that they consider is against Union law, citizens may register their complaints through the dedicated website https://ec.europa.eu/assets/sg/report-a-breach/complaints_en/.

Last updated: 4 April 2019Legal notice