EU's road traffic offence directive comes into force 2015
The EU transport, telecommunications and energy council is to introduce a new draft directive concerning the cross-border exchange of information on road traffic offences. The objective and scope of the new directive are similar to the existing regulation. Under the new directive, member states may access each other's national vehicle registration data in order to track persons liable for certain offences that jeopardise road safety.
This data sharing covers eight major road safety related offences: speeding, not using a seatbelt, failing to stop at red lights, drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs, not wearing a safety helmet, using a forbidden lane, and illegally using a mobile phone, or any other communications device, while driving. The regulation that is currently in force will remain effective until the new directive takes force, provided that it occurs before 6 May 2015. (ben)