Saturday 16 December 2017

A foreign address won't save speeders if vote passes

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe

Sam Griffin

Irish motorists who commit traffic offences in other EU countries will now receive fines sent to their home address and could even face court summons, if members of the European Parliament support a vote this week.

MEPs are this week expected to back moves to allow EU countries to exchange information including the registration details of drivers who violate a range of motoring offences.

The offences covered include speeding, non-use of a seat-belt, failing to stop at a red traffic light, drink-driving, and illegally using a mobile phone while driving.

Under current legislation, road users who commit offences in other jurisdictions tend to escape any sanction unless they are stopped on the roadside by police. Offenders who are caught by speed cameras typically avoid any penalty.

Ireland, the UK and Denmark previously opted out of an earlier law which allowed for drivers who committed road offences in countries outside their home nation to be penalised. But this directive was struck out by the European Court of Justice on a technicality.

MEPs will vote on the new measures tomorrow. If passed, it will be the first time all 28 EU countries partake in cross- border information exchanges.

The new measures will come into effect in the 25 EU countries from May, but Ireland does not have to implement them until May 2016.

The Department of Transport said it was in favour of "such information exchanges with other EU countries to increase safety on roads".

Irish Independent

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