The government says it is not ready to agree to European Union proposals to share details on British motorists with all member states. On Thursday, proposals to force motorists caught committing a driving offence while abroad to be fined in their home countries are to be discussed by transport ministers from across the Union.
The opening up of motorist databases would allow governments to pursue drivers who have committed an offence in their country across borders. Under the proposals, a driver caught speeding while abroad would first receive a fine from that country’s police force on returning home. If it is not paid, then details would be turned over to the driver’s local police force and they would then pursue the penalty.
All proceeds would be retained by the local force and the level of the fine would be consistent with where the offence was committed. The four main offences to be discussed are: speeding, not stopping at traffic lights, drink driving and not wearing a seatbelt. These offences apparently account for around three-quarters of all road fatalities.
The UK’s minister in charge of road safety, Mike Penning, said he agreed in principal that at tightening up of rules across the EU was a good thing. However, he added that issues such as who is legally responsible for the vehicle when and offence talks place and who is going to foot the bill for the scheme still needed to be made clear.
Representative for the AA, Paul Watters, said he could not see the DVLA being very enthusiastic about taking on more bureaucracy.