Facilitating cross-border tracking of traffic offenders 

Revised rules on the cross-border sharing of traffic offenders' data, so as to help ensure that drivers who commit offences while abroad do not escape fines, will be put to a vote on Wednesday. These rules, which are also designed to ensure equal treatment of drivers and help improve road safety across the EU, are to be extended to the UK, Ireland and Denmark within two years.

The draft directive on cross-border exchange of information on traffic offences, already informally agreed by Council and Parliament negotiators, amends the legal basis of existing data exchange rules as required by the European Court of Justice annulment decision of 6 May 2014. The Court allowed one year to make the necessary changes.

The cross-border traffic information exchange rules give EU member states access to each other’s national vehicle registration data in order to track down persons liable to fines for the following safety-related offences:

  • speeding,
  • not using a seatbelt,
  • failing to stop at red lights,
  • drink driving,
  • driving under the influence of drugs,
  • motorcyclists not wearing a safety helmet,
  • using a forbidden lane, and
  • illegally using a mobile phone, or any other communications device, while driving.


Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement


Debate: Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Vote: Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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