Members' Research Service By / June 23, 2023

Road safety: Rules on EU-wide driving disqualifications for major traffic offences [EU Legislation in Progress]

Improving road safety is one of the most important objectives of the European Union’s transport policy.

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Written by Monika Kiss (1st edition).

On 1 March 2023, as part of the road safety package, the European Commission published a legislative proposal to help ensure EU-wide application of driving disqualifications. It calls for increased cooperation, harmonisation of legislation, simplification of information exchange, capacity-building, and improved public awareness efforts.

In order to prevent impunity due to a lack of legislation, the proposal sets out rules to allow better EU-wide enforcement of driver disqualification decisions when drivers commit major traffic offences outside their own country.

In the European Parliament, the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) is responsible for the file. Petar Vitanov (S&D, Bulgaria) has been appointed as rapporteur.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Union-wide effect of certain driving disqualifications
Committee responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)COM(2023) 128
Rapporteurs:Petar Vitanov (S&D, Bulgaria)2020/0186(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Markus Ferber (EPP, Germany)
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew, Spain)
Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)
Angel Dzhambazki (ECR, Bulgaria)
Roman Haider (ID, Austria)
Elena Kountoura (The 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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