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Saturday 17 March 2018

Drivers face prosecution for offences abroad

Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Motorists caught committing dangerous offences abroad including speeding, drink-driving or using a mobile phone will be identified and prosecuted under new EU rules.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has signed into law the EU Cross-Border Exchange Directive, which will also allow gardaí to identify foreign drivers found to have committed offences here.

The European Commission says up to 15pc of all speeding offences across the bloc are committed by non-resident drivers. The new rules will allow law enforcement to access details of the owner of the registered vehicle, and impose a fine. The fine will be collected by police forces in the country in which the vehicle is registered.

The offences are speeding, not wearing a seat-belt, failing to stop at a red light, drink-driving, driving while under the influence of drugs, failure to wear a safety helmet, using a forbidden lane and using a mobile phone.

Mr Ross has also allocated €150,000 for traffic calming measures in three local authorities to help reduce speed and save lives. The money was allocated to councils in Clare, Cork and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Irish Independent

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