Commission calls for revision of European legislation on driving licences in Europe

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The aim is to combine greater freedom of movement, stricter anti-fraud measures and increased road safety to the benefits of all European road users.
The European Commission proposed on 22 October 2003 a revision of the European legislation on driving licences to reduce the possibilities of fraud, ensure a true freedom of movement and to EU drivers and reinforce road safety.

According to commissioner Loyola de Palacio More than 80 different driving licence models with different entitlements and validity periods are currently circulating in the Member States and it is time to equip European drivers with anti-fraud driving licences guaranteeing their right to drive vehicles for which they have the required qualifications. This will also facilitate the work of the administrative and enforcement authorities, and should contribute to reinforce safety on European roads.

With the aim of combining greater freedom of movement, stricter anti-fraud measures and increased road safety to the benefits of all European road users, the new draft Directive proposes:
- To generalise the plastic type model of European licence.
- To introduce the notion of a limited administrative validity of driving licences.
- To put an end to driving licence tourism by ensuring a coherent and pan-European application in case of driving licence has been withdrawn.
- To reinforce progressive access to the most powerfull motorcycles, trucks and buses.
- To introduce new licence categories for mopeds.
- To harmonise the periodicity of medical checks for professional drivers.
- To introduce minimum requirements for the initial qualification and training of driving examiners.

Source:[http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/1435
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