Final steps towards adopting the directive for enforcement of cross border road traffic offences
This adoption will be greatly welcomed by all those who work for or represent the interests of road traffic victims in Europe.
All organizations (some 25) under the umbrella of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) would consider it a wonderfully fitting ‘birthday present’ for the 20th anniversary of FEVR’s foundation – on 6th July 1991 in Geneva!
After more than 2 years of discussions on the so-called CBE (cross boarder enforcement) directive (since March 2008) through the different European channels, it seems that finally a compromise could be voted in next Thursday in Strasburg, at the plenary session of the Parliament.
FEVR is strongly in favour of this initiative and was particularly satisfied when on 2nd December the Ministerial Council under the Belgian presidency had adopted the proposal. FEVR had sent a motivation letter to the Belgian minister Etienne Schouppe, president of the Transport Council.
Jacques Duhayon, FEVR treasurer, also participated in a television broadcast about this topic on Europa TV: http://www.europarltv.europa.eu/de/player.aspx?pid=5aee6ca1-34c5-416e-9a95-9eb100a4ea9d
Every driver would thus be obliged to respect the traffic laws of the countries through which he/she will be travelling. Once adopted by member states, this directive will help save lives and reduce severe injuries on European roads and streets (31,000 fatalities in 2010). Any delay equals more deaths and injuries, more suffering and economic costs for citizens.
The main violations in relation to speed limits, driving under the influence, non-wearing of seat-belts and use of hand-held phones while driving will be included.
« The new instrument would fill an important gap in the enforcement chain » said Antonio Avenoso, ETSC Executive Director
Other elements include increasing the information given to citizens on road safety related rules in the EU member States. This directive will be a first step to higher levels of enforcement and road safety in the EU.
The main objective of this directive is to have a system of exchange of information, so as to enable the prosecution of road safety related traffic offences committed by non-resident drivers. The swift adoption of the directive will introduce equal treatment for foreign and resident drivers, something that is largely desired by all EU citizens.
Jeannot Mersch, FEVR president, said: « By voting for this directive, MEP’s will give the best gift possible to FEVR and the road victim associations under its umbrella, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of FEVR’s foundation»
(FEVR statutes were signed on 6th July 1991 in Geneva)!)
Websites to visit : www.etsc.eu
Documents on EU web
tuesday 5.7.:21h discussions in the plenary session ( web streamed )and when adopted 6.7 12h30 vote