The Proposal for a Directive on the facilitation of cross-border exchange of information on traffic offenses related to road traffic safety ensures a high level of road traffic protection in the Union by encouraging cross-border exchange of information on traffic violations related to traffic safety and through this, imposition of sanctions if those offenses are committed in a Member State with a vehicle registered in another Member States.
˝On the one hand we are fighting for demographic growth and we are talking about how we need to take measures for employment and many others, while at the same time 20,000 people are losing their lives on European roads ... I think this directive has come at the right time and that it is good for the 28 systems to unite,˝ said MEP Šuica during the plenary session in Strasbourg.
The main objective of this Directive is to eliminate the anonymity of drivers who do not have permanent residence in the country concerned and to ensure that the offenses they commit on the road do not go unpunished. For this reason, the Directive allows Member States mutual access to data on vehicle registration through the electronic data exchange network. In that way this would enable the identification of the driver when they commit traffic offenses abroad, ensuring equal treatment of drivers who do not have permanent residence in the country concerned, as well as those who permanently reside in the country concerned.
˝Here we can see that the cooperation between our bodies, the Commission and the Parliament, is good, but there will need to be cooperation between Member States, and that is what we strive for not only in the field of traffic safety, but also in all other areas and it is is actually our founding European idea. However, soley measures and sanctions will not help; surely there should be better roads, better infrastructure, better cars. All these measures will enable us all together to succeed in improving road safety. In any case, state borders are no longer an obstacle.˝