Members' Research Service By / June 21, 2023

Revision of the Driving Licence Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

Vision Zero, which is part of its EU’s road safety policy framework for 2021-2030, the European Commission strives for zero deaths on EU roads by 2050. More than 20 000 lives were lost on EU roads in 2022 (up 3 % from 2021), where the majority of victims were pedestrians, cyclists and users of scooters and motorbikes.

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Written by Karin Smit Jacobs (1st edition).

On 1 March 2023, the European Commission published its legislative proposal on driving licences – a matter of EU competence – with the purpose of enabling the free movement of persons and goods throughout the EU by modernising the driving licence system. This involves making driving licence rules future-proof, improving road safety and simplifying rules for those wanting to get a driving licence. The proposal provides for accompanied driving for young learners, zero tolerance for drunk driving, better preparation for micro-mobility, and the introduction of digital driving licences.

In the European Parliament, the legislative file was assigned to the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) on 27 April 2023. The rapporteur was appointed on 3 May 2023.


Revision of the Directive on Driving Licences, COM(2023) 0127, repealing Directive 2006/126 2003/0252(COD) amending Regulation 2018/1724 2017/0086(COD), amending Directive 2022/2561 2021/0018(COD)
Committees responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)COM(2023) 0127
Rapporteur:Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France)2023/0053(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Elzbieta Katarzyna Lukacijewska (EPP, Poland)
Achille Variati (S&D, Italy)
Dominique Riquet (Renew, France)
Peter Lundgren (ECR, Sweden)
Marco Campomenosi (ID, Italy)
Elena Kountoura (Left, Greece)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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